Reflections on 4-H Youth Development From:

Kenneth E. Pickett

Cumberland County 4-H Agent from 1942-1987

(l. to r.) Ken Pickett; Marilyn Mozenter, Cumberland County 4-H Agent (1970-1995); Rita Natale Saathoff (1980-2005); Betty Jean Jesuncosky Webersinn (1974-2011) at National Association of 4-H Agents Conference in Portland Oregon

"The feelings of adequacy, security, and belongingness are essential life experiences provided to young people involved in the 4-H Youth Development Program.” 

Biography: Ken Pickett joined 4-H in Rhode Island at age 10 in 1929.  Ken was a National 4-H Club Congress Award winner in the electricity project and he credits his 4-H electricity project work for making it possible to completely install the wiring and electric heating system in his home. As the Cumberland County 4-H Agent, he built the Cumberland 4-H program to one of the largest in the state. His unique ability to motivate people empowered volunteers and staff to develop creative, high quality youth programs. Pickett started a daily radio broadcast in 1945, which was one of the longest continuous daily 4-H radio programs in the nation. He saw the need for teen leadership opportunities and laid the groundwork that established a conference for teen 4-H members that grew into a 10 county regional event called South Jersey Council (Teen) Conference. After over 50 years, this conference continues to focus on citizenship, leadership and personal development and reaches over 150 youth annually.