4-H Youth Development

Program Contact: Tanya Barnett, 4-H Youth Coordinator
(360) 379.5610 x 208 • tanya.barnett@wsu.edu


WELCOME TO 4-H!

In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every youth has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.


THE 4-Hs

The 4-Hs stand for HEAD, HEART, HANDS, & HEALTH.  With our full selves we have fun creating POSITIVE CHANGE in our world.  There’s even a 4-H pledge about how we help to create this change:RTEmagicC_4-H_Pledge_Logo.gif

THE 4-H MISSION

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

THE 4-H VISION

A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.

THE “ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS” OF 4-H

BELONGING – MASTERY – INDEPENDENCE – GENEROSITY

The Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development are basic principles upon which the 4-H Youth Development Program operates. Incorporating these elements enables the 4-H Program to focus on positive outcomes desired for youth; provide programs for all young people; view youth
as central actors in their own development; and consider the development of the whole young person.

THE 4-H MOTTO

“MAKE THE BEST BETTER”

We’ve been given great opportunities, friends, caring adults, and resources.  In 4-H we try to use these gifts as best as we can to help create a better, more positive future for ourselves and others… oh, and we have lots of fun while we do so!

THE 4-H APPROACH

“LEARN BY DOING”

In 4-H, we don’t just learn by listening and watching, we learn through hands-on experiences.  Whether it’s learning to build a robot, care for a horse, or do great photography, 4-H volunteer leaders and staff make sure that youth have a safe place to dive right into what they want to learn!  And, once we dive in, we always take time to share so that we can take our experiences to deeper levels of understanding.  We follow wha’t called the “experiential learning” model that looks like this:

WHO CAN JOIN 4-H?

4-H is open to every youth, ages 5-19, without discrimination!  And in Jefferson County, there’s NO COST to be in 4-H!  There are four age groups* in which you can do a wide variety of projects and activities:

  • Cloverbuds: ages 5-7
  • Junior: ages 8-10
  • Intermediate: ages 11-13
  • Senior: ages 14 to less than 19

*4-H “age” is determined by the age of the youth by
October 1st of the current 4-H year. 


Office hours vary: please call or email prior to your visit.
(360) 379-5610 x208
tanya.barnett@wsu.edu

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