As Virginia Cooperative Extension agent Twandra Lomax was shopping in a Richmond Farm Fresh, she was recognized by a previous student.
“You taught my homebuyers class at Southside,” the woman said. “I closed on my first house last week.”
She was one of 34 students in the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Homebuyers Education class that went on to purchase a home in the City of Richmond in 2015.
The class, formed in collaboration with Richmond’s Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation, focuses on credit, personal finances, the role of the lender and realtor, home maintenance, home inspection, home appraisal, the closing process, foreclosure, and the Fair Housing Act of Virginia.
Two sessions of the class are held each month and are taught by experts in the field. Participants leave the class prepared to start working on credit concerns that could prevent them from qualifying for mortgage loans. At the end of the class, students work directly with a counselor to address any lingering concerns.
Several hundred 4-H’ers travel to Richmond to participate in the 4-H Day at the State Capitol each year.
Feb. 15, 2016 – Editor’s note: Due to a winter storm, 4-H Day at the State Capitol was postponed until Feb. 23.
4-H Day at the State Capitol provides a real-life civics lesson for members
BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 5, 2016 – More than 1,000 4-H members and volunteers will visit Richmond on Tuesday, Feb. 16, to meet their legislators and learn about Virginia’s legislative branch of government for the annual 4-H Day at the State Capitol.
Virginia 4-H sponsors the annual trip to Richmond for 4-H’ers across the commonwealth to learn about the legislative process and to express their gratitude to state delegates and senators who support the 4-H youth development programs.
“4-H Day at the State Capitol is a unique opportunity for 4-H’ers to get a first-hand look at how the legislative process works and see our elected representatives in action,” said Cathy Sutphin, associate director of 4-H Youth Development with Virginia Cooperative Extension. “This trip is also an opportunity for lawmakers to put faces to the programming that the funding provides for youth all over the commonwealth.”
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