Camden County Welcomes New 4-H Program Assistant / JCPC Program Coordinator

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N.C. Cooperative Extension in Camden County is happy to introduce Shelby Figueroa as the newest member of their staff. Shelby will be serving as Camden’s 4-H Program Assistant and JCPC Program Coordinator. As coordinator of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC), Shelby will head the four major program components of FOCUS, Camp Blue, Teen Court and Community Service.

The Fostering Originality Character Understanding and Success (FOCUS) program provides students with the strategies needed to set goals, develop coping mechanisms, and form interpersonal communication skills. For each participant, a specific plan that is centered around their individual needs is developed. Through initiatives like weekly school visits and vocational trainings these participants develop life skills that help them to form positive relationships with their peers and community members.

Camp Blue is a summer day camp program for at-risk youths that provides hands-on educational activities, life skill development and team building activities in a safe, supervised environment.

Teen Court was re-established by the current Camden 4-H Agent, Marcia Berry. This diversion strategy helps to keep kids out of the juvenile court system, therefore, preventing them from obtaining a criminal record. In the event that a young person is involved with the legal system, Shelby will organize and supervise their community service. Through strong community relationships she will be able to provide safe working locations where the required hours can be completed.

Austin Brown, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Camden County Center Extension Director, stated “ We are excited to have Shelby join our Extension team in Camden County and serve as the 4-H Program Assistant and JCPC Coordinator. Shelby is a native of Camden County, with a desire to serve the community by helping local youth. I am looking forward to the positive impacts she will make for Camden youth and families.”

In regards to her new position, Shelby stated “I am honored to assist and serve the future minds of my hometown. I’ve always dreamed of doing my part to make an impact in my community. I look forward to helping bridge the gaps between youth, their families, educators, and society for many years to come.”

For more information regarding JCPC programming in Camden, contact Shelby at 252-331-7630 or