The West Virginia University Extension Service has presented its Outstanding Partner Award to a WVU employee who hasworked tirelesslyas a 4-H volunteer leader and advocate.

Barbara Copenhaver Bailey of Morgantown received the honor recently during WVU Extensions annual Appreciation and Accolades program at WVU Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp near Weston.

In her professional career, Dr. Bailey is the director of WVU s Student Support Service/TRIO program, which serves the Universitys low-income, disabled and first-generation college students.

In her volunteer career, Bailey is praised because shehas worked tirelessly to promote and advocate for WVU Extension and 4-H,according to those who nominated her for the award. Baileys service and leadership began when she was a 4-H member in Brooke County, continued through her collegiate 4-H years at WVU , and extended into statewide service and advocacy when she assumed adult volunteer leader roles.

Through the years, Bailey has been a volunteer-leader trainer, state camp counselor, 4-H Day judge, and 4-H club organizer and leader. Her other honors include being inducted into the 4-H All Stars and the West Virginia 4-H Hall of Fame.

Among her current leadership roles are 4-H Funds Advisory Committee vice chair and 4-H Alumni Association treasurer.

Throughout West Virginia, community volunteer leaders such as Bailey team with WVU Extension faculty and staff to provide 4-H educational activities to more than 56,000 youths.

Although 4-H was founded to help young people in agriculture and home economics, 4-H has broadened to become an avenue for entrepreneurship, community service, technology education and career experiences.

Information about 4-H Youth Development and other WVU Extension Service programs is available athttp://www.ext.wvu.edu