4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization and can be found in multiple foreign countries. Starting in the early 1900s, the program sought to bring knowledge and skill-building to improve the lives of the people in all areas of the country.
As part of the mission of the land-grant extension system, 4-H is delivered in our state’s counties by partnerships with Washington State University. Grant County has maintained this relationship since 1915.
The Grant County 4-H Youth Development Program is an integral part of WSU Extension. Most 4-H project work is conducted within the club model, where learning experiences occur when young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in an experience unlike any other program. Studies show that 4-H members do better in school, are more motivated to help others, feel safer when trying new things, achieve a sense of self-esteem, and develop more lasting friendships than non-members.
Here in Grant County many of our members learn life skills through animal science projects involving large or small livestock or other animals. Other popular projects include sewing, cooking, photography, and crafts. Project knowledge is supported through university research and delivered by certified adult volunteers fostering an environment for multi-generational learning. These hands-on learning opportunities help young people develop into mature young adults ready to serve as leaders and role models in their communities and enter today’s challenging workforce. Our young people and adult volunteers may be involved in local clubs or county activities such as Leaders Council, Super Saturday, Youth for the Quality Care of Animals certification training, leadership enhancement, and still-life instructional support. There are also other opportunities statewide such as Know Your Government, Teen Conference, camps, State Fair as well as the International Exchange Program.
4-H is a community of learners of all ages who embrace the 4-H slogan “learn by doing” and focus on the four essential elements of belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery. Overseen by WSU Extension and advised by the local Leaders Council, 4-H in Grant County seeks “to make the best better” by inspiring young people to continue to improve themselves through learning opportunities and education.
The 4-H Pledge: “I pledge My Head to clearer thinking, My Heart to greater loyalty, My Hands to larger service, and My Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”
For more information, please contact the Grant County Extension Office.