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4-H Youth Program

Program Contact: Jennifer Leach, 4-H Youth Development Faculty
360-577-3014 x 4 •
The 4-H youth program is a partnership program with Washington State University Extension and Cowlitz County. The program is built on a strong foundation of “4-H clubs” being taught and led by adult volunteers who have a willingness and desire to work with youth ranging in ages from 5 years old to 18 years old.

There is no cost to join as a 4-H Leader. The only cost is YOUR TIME to volunteer as a 4-H club leader. You don’t need to know 4-H or the project as you will learn right along with the kids or stay at least “one step” ahead of them.

If you are interested in having your child or other children join 4-H then please consider starting a 4-H club. There is a $25 State Membership Fee for each child to join 4-H (Except this years program year 2020-2021 4-H Leaders Council will be paying all membership fees). Our 4-H year begins on October 1st and ends on September 30th. However, new clubs can start anytime between October and May.

To learn more about being a certified volunteer 4-H club leader, please contact Jennifer Leach, WSU Extension Faculty 4-H Youth Development at  360-577-3014 ext. 4 or by email There is a required application and screening process along with 6 hours of New Leader Training.

4-H teaches life skills that lead young people to become self-directing, positive, contributing members of our society.  WSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

4-H member holding a rabbit in a garden.