Stokes: Stay Home. Stay Safe. Save Lives. Part 10.

We continue our series of Local People, Local Stories, Local Impact, with Taylor Furr, 4-H and Youth Development Agent from the Stokes County Cooperative Extension.

Taylor discusses how COVID-19 has impacted her work with 4-H & Youth Development and the innovative steps she is taking to stay connected with the youth of Stokes County.

1. What are you and/or your agency doing here in Stokes County to support our residents during COVID-19?

Stokes County 4-H is a youth development program where I, as the 4-H Agent, provide educational opportunities for the youth in our county. During this trying time, we have created a couple activities youth can be working on.

Taylor Furr is the 4-H and Youth Development Agent for Stokes County

We have a History Scavenger Hunt going on where youth can learn about 4-H while completing a fill in the blank form. You can find more information on our website at

I am continuing to provide resources to teachers, such as our Embryology Program and the Steps to Health program. We are pre recording videos and sending them to the teachers so they can share it with their classes. Each week I will be posting an activity for youth and families to participate if they wish.

All of the summer youth activities hosted by the Extension Office have been postponed, cancelled, or moved to a virtual setting.

The Stokes County Cooperative Extension agents are working together to plan activities youth can participate in on their own at home this summer.

Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks.
If you have any suggestions or requests of activities you’d like to see, please reach out to Taylor Furr at More information can be found at or our Facebook page.

2. Why is it important that our community practice self-care, for mental and physical well-being?

It is still important that we deliver relevant and trustworthy information to our citizens, but what has changed is how we deliver our information. We are working diligently to provide our community with knowledge through virtual platforms instead of face-to-face interactions. This way we are being good stewards of social distancing but still serving our community.

3. What is something positive you have seen in midst of chaos of COVID-19 as we navigate this together?

I personally have seen families who do not normally get to spend time together, being able to do that now. They are building connections, and making memories, and that is something to be thankful for during this time!

Taylor Furr, 4-H & Youth development for the stokes county cooperative extension
Click here for more information about the Stokes County Cooperative Extension.

Read our other entries in Local People, Local Stories, Local Impact here.

South Stokes High School Parent Engagement Event

On January 28th at South Stokes High School during the North Stokes vs South Stokes basketball games there was a parent engagement event. We had students from the Environmental Club, Beta Club and Student Government Association for South Stokes distributing informational resource guides to parents and guardians. These youth also collected 80 signatures from parents, guardians and adult community members affirming their stance on preventing underage drinking in Stokes County.

When we think of “kids today” let it be known that there are youth in Stokes County who are working towards making their communities a safer and healthier place to live. The following South Stokes students participated in the parent engagement event: Meghan Giller, Kelsey Joyce, Reece Weaver, Bryson Autry, Maggie Collins, Samuel Anderson, Nancy Maldonado, Laura Cassidy and Erin Heavener.

If you know of a youth group who wants to make a positive impact in the communities where the live, and earn service/credit hours, use the contact us form located at the bottom of our homepage.