Building future leaders
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Through the combined efforts of DeWitt County 4-H, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and I:SERVE, local students have embarked on a journey of giving back to their community. Recently, these students have started a field of honor at Cuero Municipal Park and are in the process of adding plants to the city part, as part of its Monarch Butterfly weigh station.
DeWitt County extension agents, Denise Goebel and Quinn Berckenhoff, have helped to lead this project locally.
“We were approached by the International Youth Foundation, Berckenhoff recalled.
“One of their groups is what’s called I:SERVE. “They teach kids how to find issues in the community and who to talk to.” Berckenhoff described I:SERVE as the Texas Rural Leadership Program (TRLP) for kids.
It offers a similar structure with training, followed by projects in the community. DeWitt County was one of three counties in Texas selected for this program, along with Karnes and La Salle. Once chosen, Goebel and Berckenhoff attended a training then returned to lead the effort in Cuero.
“We teamed up our 4-H council with the AVID class at the high school,” Berckenhoff noted.
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Shown from left are DeWitt County students who paricipated in the local I:SERVE projects: Robert Post (4-H), Ermelinda Enriquez (Avid), Chelsea Cook (Avid), Christian Perez (Avid), Dylan Hartman (4-H), Kassidy Cowey (4-H), Sophie Seidel (4-H), Kaylynn Cowey (4-H) and Brittany Valle (Avid). Not pictured, Romeo Coronado. The Cuero Record photo.