As the new Camden County Extension agent for 4-H and Youth Development, Tyrone Dillard hopes to educate youth while also emphasizing the 4-H program’s four Hs: head, heart, hands and health.

“I am most excited about being able to work and collaborate with the schools, community and children,” said Dillard.

Dillard grew up in Elizabeth City where he also serves as pastor of the Kingdom Empowerment Christian Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social and criminal justice from Ashford University in June 2018 and will earn his master’s degree in psychology from Ashford in December.

A former pre-K teacher assistant and school bus driver, Dillard worked with youth of all ages while employed by the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools and the Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies.

Before accepting his new job in Camden, Dillard worked as a program assistant with the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program at the Pasquotank Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension.

Dillard said he looks forward to working with children and having an impact in the community. He plans to host a “Meet the Agent” event in December to introduce himself to Camden residents. Dillard said he’s also seeking input from educators and the public about what “they would like to see happen” with the program.

Dillard said information about all upcoming 4-H events and programs can be found at https://camden.ces.ncsu.edu.

Besides his work with 4-H, Dillard is also the author of a new children’s book, “Be Nice.” In the book, Dillard says he tries to communicate that “being nice is not what we say but what we do.”

“The characters come together and tell you what you can do to be nice,” he said.

Illustrated by local artist and teacher Jasmine Skie Harris, Dillard said he plans to host a book-signing event at Skie Art Lounge on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. The book is available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and https://outskirtspress.com/benice.

Dillard enjoys spending time with his wife, Jacinta, and his three children.