What is 4-H?
4-H is a youth development program in every county and parish in the country – in Washington State it is sponsored by Washington State University. With its earliest roots in the 1800s, and the first youth club formed in 1902, 4-H has become the nation’s largest youth development organization.
Our vision is a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change. 4-H’ers around the country are tackling some of the most current topics such as global food security, climate change, and sustainable energy. Their projects range from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science. Required community service gives them an opportunity for civic responsibility and engagement.
The “learn by doing” approach and mentoring by knowledgeable, talented islanders, fosters leadership, responsibility, and caring, that strengthens our families and communities. Our San Juan County 4-H youth receive guidance from adult leaders and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles themselves, putting to use the 4 H’s: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
4-H in the Press
4-H has been getting lots of press lately, both nationally and locally. You can read all about our first virtual fair and showcase in the San Juan Journal. Our 4-H youth and volunteers pivoted to meet the challenges of COVID-19 when schools closed in March 2020. Check out this article about how 4-H is helping teach kids about healthy relationships. Or this one about the ups and downs of being a 4-H’er – and how it all pays off in the end.
4-H Teen Leadership
Our 4-H Teen Leadership program offers many opportunities for San Juan County teens to gain leadership skills they can apply in school, at home, and with their friends. Learn more about teen leadership here.