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Join 4-H

Program Contact: Tanya Barnett, 4-H Youth Coordinator
360-379-5610 x208 • tanya.barnett@wsu.edu

How do I join 4-H?

Contact the Jefferson County 4-H Coordinator, Tanya Barnett, at tanya.barnett@wsu.edu or 360-379-5610 x208 to get connected with a club or project that meets your needs and interests. You can also glimpse some of our current clubs.  Once you’ve found your 4-H club or project, please enroll using the 4-H Online Enrollment website. Here are two guides to help you through the enrollment process:

Adults: you can apply to become a volunteer and help lead a club/project in your neighborhood or start one of your own.

Who can join 4-H?

All youth who are age 5 and in Kindergarten up through those in 12th grade or who have not reached their 19th birthday (before January 1 of the current 4-H year) can join 4-H. Youth who are enrolled in schools that do not assign grade levels, youth who are home-schooled, or youth who are not enrolled in school will be assigned a “4-H grade” according to their age by January 1st.

Check with the 4-H Coordinator for specific information. Special needs youth may be able to participate beyond age 19 with approval from 4-H staff.

How much does it cost?

Beginning October 1, 2017, there is a $25/youth annual fee.  This is a once-per-year fee that allows youth to participate in as many 4-H projects as they choose (fees to participate in special-interest programs such as Know Your Government and Teen Rally vary with the program).  Financial assistance is available upon request – no youth will be denied access to 4-H programs.  To request assistance, please contact the 4-H Coordinator or download our 4-H Enrollment Fee Scholarship Application Process form. 

When can I join 4-H?

The 4-H year begins October 1st of each year so Fall is a great time to join 4-H. However, depending on the club, members can usually join at any time during the year. To be able to participate in the Jefferson County Fair as a 4-H member, youth must be enrolled in a club and projects by June 1st.  Some projects have earlier deadlines for participation; check with your club leader.

Who can start a 4-H club?

4-H clubs and programs are run by volunteers. Any community member is welcome to apply to become an enrolled volunteer and start a new club. It takes two families and at least one enrolled 4-H volunteer to start a club.

Volunteer orientations and new club leader trainings are held throughout the year.