University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service Makes Ag Dreams Come True

In *All, Youth, Family, & Communities by Ag is America

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is working to make a local young man’s dreams come true by helping him share his love of animals with his community. 19-year-old Jonathon Sink was born with a disability making communication difficult. While speaking with others may be challenging, Jonathon found comfort in interacting with animals. He wanted to share his love of animals with students in the community, and as a result he worked to create the 4-H Challenge Me Camp.

Jonathon had completed many 4-H and FFA livestock projects in the past and partnering with Trigg County’s 4-H youth development agent, Janeen Tramble, to develop the program was his next goal. The camp introduces students to animals and agriculture, giving students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in activities outside of normal curriculum. Students are partnered with a peer mentor and get to interact with a variety of animals, including horses, cows, goats, and chickens. Through Jonathon’s collaboration with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, this camp provides educational opportunities to students with disabilities who may not have had access to this hands-on experience with animals and agriculture.

To learn more about this heart-warming work the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is doing, read more here.

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