Our 4-H Club enables youth to have fun while learning valuable life and leadership skills. Club members participate in community service, communication skill development and project activities. Our 4-H Club leaders, Katie Gorczyca and Michelle Silbert, will guide the youth to plan and carry out programs throughout the year.

The meetings will be held weekly at DPYS with additional activities to be carried out in the community.


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Katie Gorczyca, DPYS 4-H Leader: Exploring ME Through The Arts

Katie McCarthy is an expressive therapist and masters-level clinician. Katie received her bachelors and masters degrees from Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Therapies. Katie has experience working with children, teens, and adults and has worked with individuals and groups. Katie has experience with bereavement, post-adoption support, and anxiety disorders. Katie strongly believes in a strength-based approach when working with all populations and places an emphasis on the process as opposed to the finished product in order to live a more meaningful, mindful, and fulfilling life. Katie grew up in Acton, MA and has a true understanding of the stressors and pressures that come along with growing up in the community.

Michelle Silbert, DPYS 4-H Leader: Build Your Future

Michelle Silbert pictureMichelle Silbert founded Ignite Your Sparks! Holistic Career Coaching to help teens and adults imagine, explore & build their dream careers as well as create the structures and plans to help them reach their goals.  Michelle especially enjoys working with college students with ADD/ADHD and other learning challenges, career launchers and career changers, including caregivers making plans to return to the workforce.  She works with the inside out and helps clients use career assessments like Strengths Finder, the MBTI Step 2, Skill Scan and values inventories to set goals that propel their purpose.  Michelle’s educational background is in psychology, public health and social work with a long-time focus on youth mentoring and leadership development. In the past, she managed a school-based violence prevention program, did community-based youth health research, taught teens about safe travel, and worked as a teacher naturalist at both local farms and wildlife sanctuaries. Michelle is a local Acton mom and is involved with Girl Scouts.




The guiding themes for all supported programs are those expressed in the Life Skills Model used by 4-H.

Targeting Life Skills Model