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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

YA4-H!

Program Contact: Brittany Briggs, 4-H Program Manager
(509) 962-7507 • brittany.briggs@wsu.edu

WHAT

Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H! / “yay 4-H”) is a 4-H leadership program that empowers teens to make a difference in their community by exploring and helping solve community issues. This year the YA4-H! team is focusing on opioid abuse, an issue of increasing concern, especially in rural communities like ours. Club members will work in a team with local WSU faculty and staff to learn about opioid abuse, brainstorm local solutions, and then take action by completing a teen-lead community project.

Members also have opportunities to apply for paid WSU internships, travel, attend leadership conferences, rack up resume-boosting volunteer hours, and more. A teen retreat for YA4-H! members from across the state will be held in fall 2020. All expenses covered for active YA4-H! teens. The retreat is set to take place at Camp Koinonia in Cle Elum.

WHO

YA4-H! is open to all high-school aged teens. You do not need to already be in 4-H to join. Join the interest list by texting the word CLUB to 509-978-0234 or emailing Kai Johnson, YA4-H! Program Coordinator: kai.johnson@wsu.edu

WHEN

We initially planned for YA4-H! to begin in April, however, we are now working with flexible start dates due to COVID-19 public health measures. We are currently exploring starting in May or June; beginning, if needed, with virtual club meetings before transitioning to in-person meetings.

We anticipate the YA4-H! Club meeting in-person twice a month, with special project meetings added as needed. The final schedule and meeting days will be decided by club members.

WHY

  • BELONG to a club with other teens interested in helping others.
  • LEARN the skills you need to identify, investigate, understand, and address complex issues.
  • LEAD the way – brainstorm solutions and take action to make a positive difference.
  • INSPIRE a better future, and create the change you want to see in the world.

Contact Information

Kai Johnson, Kittitas YA4-H! Program Coordinator

kai.johnson@wsu.edu

Alison White, 4-H Youth Development Regional Specialist

alison.white@wsu.edu / 509-707-8066 call/text

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