Like most alumni, Jerome Scott got his start in Ohio 4-H at a young age: “My 4-H experience began as an 8-year-old, inner-city child at Adventure Central’s Summer Day Camp program in Dayton.” After five years of day camp, Scott joined Adventure Central’s Job Experience and Training (JET) program.
“This is where most of my 4-H experiences took place. JET allows teens at Adventure Central the opportunity to enter the workforce. We were offered training on how to conduct ourselves in interviews and team meetings, and coaching to develop our resumes. And we were taught how to develop and obtain 21st century skills in leadership, technology, and problem-solving,” said Scott.
After Scott’s time in 4-H was over, his connection to the program and Adventure Central didn’t end: “I spent 10 years in 4-H, and after I graduated from high school, I stayed involved through mentorship and as a volunteer.”
As a student at Ohio State, Scott served on the Ohio 4-H Foundation board of trustees. After graduation, he spent four years as a group leader and JET mentor: “Volunteerism is huge for me, and it was only fitting for me to give my time, knowledge, and resources back to the place that raised me.” And his experience has come full circle. “Now I am the proud parent of an Adventure Central participant,” he said.
Scott currently works as a financial consultant for PNC Bank.
““Ohio 4-H taught me the basic principles of perseverance, community, leadership, and the skill of building positive relationships—all of which have assisted me in the success of my career.””Jerome Scott