Curry County Oregon Kids get Award
“As Program Coordinator for the Curry County 4HProgram Michelle Carrillo is proud to announce that the 4H Surfrider Outdoor Stewardship
Program in Curry County is the 2013 award winner at the State level for the Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award.
This award recognizes the innovations of 4-H educators in honor of the timeless contributions of former
Council associate, Denise Miller. As the director of communication and marketing at National 4H Council, Denise Miller worked diligently to promote the fresh and innovative work of 4H. An innovator herself, Denise encouraged staff to tap their creative thinking to continually “make the best better” for all 4H programs. She gave tirelessly of her energy and expertise to 4H until her untimely death in 1991. As a memorial
tribute to Denise, her family and friends have created the Denise Miller National 4H Innovator Award to continue the work to which she was so
Michelle’s outlook is we don’t have to reinvent the wheel but we do need to think outside the boxand look at what resources we already have and how we can use them in a new way. By either bringing youth to the coast that have never had the opportunity or by starting up year around
clubs, the 4H Surfrider Outdoor Stewardship program has been an avenue for making change. The recognition for this program must be given to the volunteers who made it happen and had the courage to try. Dave Lacey, who is part of the Surfrider organization focusing on marine
stewardship and preservation, is the key person in all of this. Dave’s expertise and willingness to stick with the program and keep the kids motivated has made our program what it is today.
The program started with one summer surf camp that he ran, reaching 10 new youth. The next year we expanded the program to reach even
more youth in the County. Dave hosted four camps in 2011, 3 for local youth and one for Jackson County Youth. That year we were able to
reach over 60 new youth and the overwhelming response was that campers wanted a year around club.