4-H/Youth Program Leader
4-H Youth Development
Jenny Groen has been with CCE Steuben for over 13 years as part of the 4-H Program. She has been our 4-H Program Leader for the last 5 years in our ever evolving program to help meet the needs of our local youth. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child & Clinical Psychology from Alfred University and a Master’s degree in Family, Youth and Community Science from the University of Florida. Her direct responsibilities includes direct programming, youth recruitment, volunteer recruitment and management, publication editing, social media promotion, partnering with community agencies, seeking funding opportunities and program review and evaluation.
Jenny’s work with the 4-H Program is very rewarding. She enjoys watching youth grow and transform from timid 5-year-olds into confident and competent young adults. 4-H gives youth a sense of community and belonging, and provides leadership opportunities and quality programming that is unmatched by other youth programs. Her goal is to raise awareness of the 4-H Program among youth and families. She would like the Steuben County 4-H program to be the premier youth organization that parents and community members think of.
She lives in Prattsburgh with her husband, two sons, dogs, and horses. Outside of her 4-H work, she trains and judges miniature horses professionally locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. She began her horse judging career thanks to her personal 4-H opportunities and is currently licensed in three different associations. She judges about a dozen shows per year from regional breed shows to 4-H shows to small schooling shows. She has earned several National and Reserve National titles with miniature horses. Training and conditioning a horse and watching them develop to a win is one of her most gratifying feelings.