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4-H Program

Program Contact: Melanie Greer, 4-H Program Coordinator
(360) 417-2398 • melanie.greer@wsu.edu

 

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

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.

Who can join 4-H?

4-H is open to every youth, ages 5-19, without discrimination!

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

Shooting sports and large animal projects require youth to be at least 8 years of age to participate.

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

ABOUT 4-H

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:

 

THE 4-H MOTTO

“MAKE THE BEST BETTER”

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 APPROACH

“LEARN BY DOING”

4-H uses an experiential learning model, which means we “learn by doing” through hands-on experiences.

4-H volunteer leaders and staff make sure that youth have a safe place to dive right into what they want to learn!

Once we dive in, we always take time to share so that we can take our experiences to deeper levels of understanding.

 

 

The 4-H Office is located in the historic Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E 4th Street Port Angeles within the WSU Extension Office.

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