Dear Jefferson County Residents,
Like you, our WSU Jefferson County 4-H Program has been working hard to make it through the long months of the pandemic with an eye on protecting the health and well-being of our 4-H youth and adult volunteers. Given the tenacious nature of the virus, we were not able to have our typical 4-H activities and club meetings in person. Many of our youth, parents and volunteers, feeling overwhelmed by so many zoom meetings, simply dropped out of 4-H. To make matters worse, in both 2020 and 2021, the Jefferson County Fairs, culminating event of the 4-H Year, were virtual events, making the usual 4-H involvement different and more challenging. Finally, our 4-H Coordinator left the program in February this year to take on new adventures.
Although these hurdles have been significant, I am very optimistic about the future of the program. We are currently reviewing applications for a new coordinator and with vaccine rates very strong in Jefferson County, we expect that in the coming 4-H year (which begins October 1), we will be back stronger than ever and ready to welcome the youth of our county to learn to build a positive pathway to their futures through our 4-H Program.
Until the enrollment for the new 4-H year begins, normally in late August, we won’t have an our typical opportunities to admit new youth to the program – but we will keep all inquires on file and contact you as the new year begins. Thanks so much for your patience and understanding.
To be kept in the file for enrollments for the coming 4-H year, please email Sarah Leonard at: Sleonard@co.jefferson.wa.us
Director, WSU Jefferson County Extension
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.
Youth ages 5-19 who want be part of 4-H, please go to our “Join 4-H” page.
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 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.
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 the diagram on the right.
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
*4-H “age” is determined by the age of the youth by
October 1st of the current 4-H year.
Jefferson County 4-H Staff
(360) 379.5610 x206
What Does 4-H Look Like in Jefferson County?
Please click on the 4-H Grows Here logo below to glimpse our vibrant 4-H community in 2017-2018:
4-H Jefferson County office hours vary, please call or email prior to visiting.
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