Grant County 4-H
Grant County is a rural area with two high schools and three elementary
schools. The needs of youth have been identified as being of high priority. Comparative
data relating to these concerns include low per-capita income, high rate of children
living in poverty, low high school graduation rates, low post-secondary education
participation, teen pregnancy, and high unemployment.
By far, 4-H is the most known and visible Extension development program, best known
4-H clubs and
summer 4-H camps. Extension also offers literacy and adult volunteer leadership
programming related to 4-H and youth development. Regular 4-H membership is open
to all youths age 9 through age 21.
Current programs include 4-H youth development with:
- an enrollment of more than 250 youth in six 4-H clubs
- more than 30 adult volunteers who serve as leaders and mentors in youth programs
- a Forestry Judging Team
- a Poultry Judging Team
- a Horse Judging Team
- a Livestock Judging Team
- school enrichment programs
- two weeks of summer 4-H camp ( Older and Younger Camp)
- Potomac Highlands Horse Camp
- a Cloverbud day for children age 5-8
- a summer Energy Express site
- Nutrition Education through the Family Nutrition Program’s Nutrition Outreach Instructor
Meeting the needs of youth is critical in educational programming. Involving older adults, young families, and youths in action learning is instrumental in developing infrastructure for sustaining families and communities.
The West Virginia 4-H Health Initiative increases the knowledge of health and motivates
youths and their families to improve targeted everyday health behaviors. Trained
youth 4-H Health Officers conduct hands-on health activities at monthly club meetings.
Club members set monthly goals to improve health habits and track progress on a
4-H Health Planner. Families receive reinforcing take-home messages.