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West Virginia teens to get the ‘tea’ on challenges, opportunities posed by the pandemic

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Youth voices offer unique perspectives, innovative ideas and valuable insights. As West Virginia continues to move through the pandemic, teens want to know more about issues surrounding the public health crisis – now and in the future. A panel of experts will give young people the “tea” (teen slang for “the scoop”) on a host of topics surrounding the pandemic during a special panel discussion on April 12, 2021, at 4 p.m.

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West Virginia trailblazer marks another milestone with celebration of 100th birthday

Photo of Mildred Fizer, the nation's first female state 4-H program leader

As the nation’s first female state 4-H leader, a position she held at WVU Extension Service until her retirement in 1978, it was Fizer who broke glass ceilings and paved the way for future generations of women to take on leadership roles around the country.

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Special fundraising initiative provides funding for Wood County 4-H Camp renovations

4-H LED sign on a new barn

Holding a legacy that stretches beyond 80 years, the Wood County 4-H Camp has played a vital role in the lives of 4-H’ers and the local community. A $500,000 fundraising initiative through the West Virginia University Foundation will provide them with the opportunity to complete a series of necessary improvements.

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West Virginia 4-H offers youths communication skills and connection through new pen pal program

The West Virginia University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program will offer young people the chance to forgo technology and put paper and pen to use. The 4-H pen pal program aims to teach youths about communication while fostering friendships and connections.

Although they have had the chance to virtually participate this year, 4-H’ers missed out on in-person camps and many other cherished components of conventional programming. A committee of 4-H agents and faculty rallied together with a desire to safely bring 4-H’ers together to create connections in a time of isolation.

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Aetna Better Health of West Virginia aims to change lives of youths in foster care through 4-H

4-H'ers participate in crafts

A strategic collaboration with state leaders can change the lives of foster care youths in West Virginia through 4-H youth development programs. Aetna Better Health of West Virginia partnered with West Virginia University Extension Service to provide funding for foster care youths interested in 4-H.

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Sue and Randall Jones Memorial Endowment to provide Calhoun County 4-H’ers with unique experiences

Photo of Sue Jones on the left, seated, and Randall Jones seated on the right - both in WVU gear/colors

The legacy of two 4-H All Stars and West Virginia 4-H Hall of Famers from Calhoun County will live on through the Sue and Randall Jones Memorial Endowment Fund established through West Virginia University Extension Service . With the new endowment, county 4-H’ers will have the opportunity to participate in out-of-county experiences—something that the youths otherwise may not have the chance to do. 

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National 4-H Week will be celebrated virtually this year

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For a group that is known for their hands-on type of service and work, West Virginia 4-H’ers demonstrated an impressive example in its seamless shift to online programming this past year. National 4-H Week will follow suit with its virtual celebration.  

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Estep joins WVU Extension Service as 4-H agent in Mingo County

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No stranger to West Virginia University Extension Service programming, Tammy Estep has been named the 4-H youth development agent in Mingo County, effective May 18.

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WVU Extension Service welcomes Gardner as 4-H agent in Roane County

Headshot of Emma Gardner

When Emma Gardner accepted a position with West Virginia University Extension Service, she didn’t expect her first few months “on the job” to actually take place at home. But, Roane County’s new 4-H youth development agent, effective March 30, isn’t one to let an unexpected challenge get in her way. 

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Ohio County 4-H'ers to appear on Barnwood Builders

Mark Bowe, two-time WVU graduate, talks with Ohio County 4-H'ers during a taping of the DIY show Barnwood Builders.

This Sunday, fans of Barnwood Builders will have a chance to see West Virginia 4-H’ers coming together in a unique project with the crew of the popular DIY show. 

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Grant provides opportunity for 4-H pollinator project to create more buzz

Bumblebee sitting on a pink flower

Tiny insects make worldly impacts.

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West Virginia 4-H’ers enhance teamwork, problem-solving skills with the help of cast and crew of Barnwood Builders

Mark Bowe, two-time WVU graduate, talks with Ohio County 4-H'ers during a taping of the DIY show Barnwood Builders.

Learn by doing. That phrase is deeply engrained in 4-H’ers all over the country. A group of 4-H’ers from Ohio County, West Virginia, recently had a chance to put that motto to the test.

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