AMES, Iowa – Cayla Westergard Taylor participated in 4-H as a youth and continued involvement in college as a communications intern with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Now, she has joined 4-H Youth Development on the Iowa State campus as the newest state staff member of this pre-collegiate outreach program from ISU Extension and Outreach.
“4-H has played a major role in developing my interests, skills and eventual academic and career goals,” Taylor said. “I always could see myself working with Extension and 4-H. I believe in its mission of providing education and outreach to Iowans of all ages.”
Taylor was a 4-H’er in Plymouth County in her younger years. She attended Iowa State and majored in family and consumer sciences and journalism and mass communication. While at Iowa State, she interned with Extension and Outreach Communications and External Relations. Currently she is working on her master’s degree in agricultural education with an emphasis in extension education at Iowa State.
Prior to her new role with the Extension 4-H program, Taylor worked in the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State as a communications specialist and the Iowa Egg Council in Des Moines. Even in her other jobs, Extension and Outreach was never far away.
“With the Iowa Egg Council, we were an external resource to 4-H and Extension and Outreach,” Taylor said. “4-H has always played a major role in my life.”
As the newest 4-H coordinator, Taylor will work with the state 4-H youth council. She will coordinate events and retreats for the council and assist Brenda Allen, state 4-H youth program specialist. She also will work with 4-H special event competitions, Cook This!, Stitch This! and Awardrobe Clothing Event at the Iowa State Fair. In addition, Taylor will take over coordination of State 4-H Recognition Day and out-of-state trips to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference.
“We are excited to have Cayla join the Iowa 4-H youth development team. Cayla’s experience in event planning and management will be skills that are a great asset to some of the special programs and activities we have started at the state level,” Allen said. “Her history with the Iowa 4-H program and rich experiences outside it will make her a great addition to our staff.”