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4-H, Youth & Families

Program Contact: Carolyn Russo, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 766-3181 •

4-H Youth Development

The Grant-Adams 4-H Youth Development Program is an integral part of WSU Extension with over 500 youth members and more than 200 adult volunteers. Most 4-H project work is conducted in the club mode, where learning experiences occur when young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship, 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 nonmembers.

The Grant/Adams County area is a rural agricultural community and many clubs learn life skills through animal science projects involving large or small livestock, horses, and dogs. Other popular projects include sewing, cooking, photography, engineering and technology, and arts and crafts. 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. Grant/Adams County offers county-wide programming to support the following opportunities: Camp, Equine Science Saturday, Super Saturday, Pork Quality Assurance classes, leadership enhancement, and still-life instructional support. Other statewide 4-H opportunities that build citizenship and leadership skills are Know Your Government, Teen Conference, and Teen Rally.