4-H Youth Development

Program Contact: Cathi Mann-Fisher, Coordinator
360-679-7328 • islandcounty.4h@wsu.edu

4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering six million young people in the U.S.

In partnership with 110 universities, 4-H life changing programs are research-backed & available through 4-H clubs, camps, after school & school enrichment programs in every county in the U.S.

4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System & USDA.

Island County 4-H is a youth organization with a mission of engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of positive youth development. It is open to all 5-19* year olds.

There are four personal development areas on which 4-H focuses: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering and technology and animal science.

4-H is in the business of growing kids. We do this by working in our community to offer a wide range of opportunities for K-12 youth. We seek to support kids as they discover their talents and interests and then provide them with experiences to help them deepen, strengthen, and use those talents and interests! The ultimate goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, communication, and life skills through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach.

In addition to the club structure that many are familiar with, we also offer activities for families that can be done outside of a commitment to a club, and resources for educators to use in their classrooms.

4-H is all about “learning by doing,” and recognizing the role youth play in the health and vitality of our community.

Want to know more? Click on the links to the right for more information.