Kathy Bruynis is the County Extension Director and 4-H Youth Development Educator in Highland County. She oversees the County Extension operations and 4-H youth development programming in Highland County. Kathy is a graduate of Hillsboro High School; received an Associates of Applied Science in Agriculture Production from Southern State Community College; a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Wilmington College and an MBA from Tiffin University. Kathy was a 10 year 4-H member and was involved in Junior Leadership, Jr. Fairboard and Farm Bureau Youth in Highland County. She was also a twenty year advisor prior to coming to OSU Extension, Highland County.
4-H prepares youth for success by providing them with the life skills such as: interview skills, time managements skills, teaching responsibilities, over 800 youth ages 5-18 participate in traditional 4-H programs with the assistance of 312 adult and youth volunteers. Real Money, Real World, an OSU Extension signature program that gives middle and high school students an understanding of how current income and life choices affect future income. Participants lean how much to expect to pay for housing, transportation, childcare, and how to balance “wants” and “needs.” This program is offered at Hillsboro and Fairfield School districts.
Over 700 youth participate in short-term youth development activities such attending 4-H camp as a camper or counselor. Other short-term activities include as rural safety education, and 4-H awareness programming.