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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

National 4-H Week Opportunity 4 All

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

Headshot of Tammy Estep on blue background

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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WVU Extension Service inspires kids to do as part of National 4-H Week

Three girls at 4-H Council Circle holding a flag with the WVU Flying WV and 4-H clover on it.

In West Virginia, more than 70,000 students participate in hands-on learning experiences provided through 4-H. From camps and STEM activities to livestock and clubs, WVU Extension Service brings unique experiences and opportunities to pique curiosity and encourage innovation through youth programming throughout West Virginia.

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West Virginia 4-H’ers in Ohio County honor troops through service project

Andrea Gump holds Ohio County's WVU 4-H flag in U.S. Army aircraft in Kuwait.

Service is an integral part of the West Virginia 4-H program. Even during the busy days of 4-H camps around the state, time is set aside to give back to communities near and far.

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