4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. As a part of the Logan, Menard and Sangamon Counties team, Carissa Davis provides leadership to the 4-H youth development program focusing on 4-H clubs, 4-H groups and the youth education initiatives identified as state priorities.
Davis graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree of science in hospitality administration and from the University of Minnesota with a master's degree of education in youth development leadership. She is a native of Woodford County, where she served as a 10-year 4-H member. In the following ten years, she served in Rock Island County as a 4-H AmeriCorps staff member and 4-H Program Coordinator with the University of Minnesota.
She is a member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) and the Illinois Extension Professionals for Youth Education (IEPYE). She received the Achievement in Service Award in 2012 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2016.
Teaming with local 4-H program coordinators, volunteers and community members she plans, conducts and evaluates high quality positive youth development programs for youth ages 5 – 18 which includes, but is not limited to:
- Expanding 4-H Clubs & Programs to New Audiences
- Teen Leadership Development
- School Enrichment
- Volunteer Management
- Networking and Partnerships
- 4-H Club Program Management