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 eight 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.
Recent WV 4-H News
Fall 2022 Regional 4-H Volunteer Training Opportunities
There are 4-H volunteer training opportunities scheduled around the state from late August through early October. A meal and 4-H club ideas (with supplies!) will be provided to each participant.
Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend these trainings to gain new skills and learn how to restart/start 4-H clubs. This session will provide grab 'n' go training resources and curriculum you can use in working within the 4-H youth program. The training will also focus on building relationships between 4-H volunteers and Extension educators. We are excited to come back together to learn, socialize and recognize our excellent volunteers that support our youth.
Excellence in 4-H project work on display at the State Fair of West Virginia 2022
The public is encouraged to picture themselves in 4-H this year at the State Fair of West Virginia. The stage has been set for kids of all ages to step into a 4-H club meeting or head off to 4-H camp at the 4-H exhibit in the Cecil Underwood Youth building. Thank you to Gold Ribbon poster winner, Hannah Beckner from Gilmer County for inspiring the exhibit theme this year.
Cornbread muffins, collections of leaves, creative 4-H clover displays, and handmade
clothing garments and toolboxes line the display stands in the Cecil Underwood
Youth Building at the as evidence of 4-H members’ hard work throughout the past
year. People attending the State Fair of West Virginia can view these blue-ribbon
4-H project exhibits from August 11 through 20, 2022. Additionally, there are
hundreds of exhibits online in the
virtual state 4-H exhibit
West Virginia 4-H Announces 2022 Youth in Action Award Winners
The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program announces four young leader in 4-H pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM.