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Troup County Extension hires new 4-H youth development agent

Troup County announced Thursday morning Laura Mirarchi as the new 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, effective Jan. 1, 2020. 

According to a press release, as 4-H Extension Agent, Mirarchi will be responsible for managing Troup County’s 4-H program through providing educational initiatives for youth in 4-H Club meetings, coordinating local youth activities and preparing youth for projects and events. 

Additionally, she will be utilizing the expertise of advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and local representatives to analyze data, identify needs and assist in developing educational programs.

“I am looking forward to establishing a relationship with the community through networking with local leaders, connecting with the school system, and bringing excitement to 4-H activities,” Mirarchi said.

Before accepting the position with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Mirarchi served as the Director of Environmental Education at Callaway Resort and Gardens, where she designed, supervised and evaluated educational programs which supported the organization’s mission of conservation education, as well as developed donor relationships to secure funding for educational programming needs. 

She also served as a manager at Birds of Prey, where she was instrumental in developing and implementing school programs for Pre-K-12 students, as well as collaborating with community members regarding a wide scope of land stewardship projects. 

Mirarchi graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor of science degree in wildlife science and a master of education degree in secondary science.