Curry County Welcomes New 4-H Program Coordinator

Even though Michelle Carrillo was only recently hired by OSU Extension as the 4-H Program Coordinator for Curry County she is no stranger to 4-H or to this area. Michelle grew up in Brookings, Oregon and has over fifteen years of experience in the Curry County 4-H program; both as a 4-H club member and a volunteer in numerous 4-H sponsored events. She hopes to develop a cadre of volunteers that provide opportunities for rural youth to grow and develop with a strong sense of community roots and inspire them to become leaders among their peers and in their communities.  

Growing up in south coastal Oregon instilled in Michelle a strong appreciation for the outdoors and caused her to value the people of this community.  Throughout her youth Michelle participated as an athlete in several school sports, raised 4-H market animals and actively volunteered with many community groups.  Upon receiving her High School Diploma from Brookings Harbor High School, Michelle went on to attend Southwestern Oregon Community College where she became an athlete-scholar, earning her associates degree with honors and playing on the NWACC Champion Women’s Soccer team.  While in Coos Bay, Michelle co-founded a successful non-profit dance education program for adolescents, coached the Marshfield High girl’s soccer team and interned at the local news affiliate KCBY. 

Michelle continued her college education at Seattle University and then transferred to Southern Oregon University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Digital Media.  While attending SOU, Michelle worked to promote charity events encouraging healthy living, women’s equality and art education.  A majority of her studies while at Southern Oregon were focused on youth development and education.  She spent much of her time volunteering in local classrooms, teaching a variety of coursework and enrichment programs. 

Michelle is currently living near Brookings and plans to continue college part time to attain her Master’s in Education and Administration from Oregon State University while working at the Curry County Extension Office as the 4-H Youth Development Coordinator.

We are delighted to have Michelle Carrillo on staff at the OSU Extension Service office in Gold Beach, and invite anyone with an interest in youth development or 4-H to stop by and get to know her. Michelle can be reached at 541-247-6672, or emailed at michelle.carrillo@oregonstate.edu