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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 for its 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.

Grant County's 4-H Clubs Grant County 4-H Camps

Recent WV 4-H News

West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Winner: Civic Engagement

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program recognized four young leaders in 2021 in the 4-H core pillar areas of agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM.

Levi Wright received the award for agriculture; Caroline Fox received the award for civic engagement; Rosa Williams received the award for healthy living; and John Allen received the award for STEM. Join us each Thursday in May to learn more about our 2021 Youth in Action award winners.

Each of the four winners received a $500 mini-grant to develop a significant community project, recognition at a formal award ceremony, a full scholarship to attend West Virginia 4-H Older Members Conference, an opportunity to be featured as the West Virginia 4-H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area, support and mentorship to apply for the 2022 National 4-H Youth in Action Awards, and an official reference letter from the West Virginia State 4-H Program Leader, Brent Clark.

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West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Winner: Agriculture

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program recognized four young leaders in 2021 in the 4-H core pillar areas of agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM.

Levi Wright received the award for agriculture; Caroline Fox received the award for civic engagement; Rosa Williams received the award for healthy living; and John Allen received the award for STEM. Join us each Thursday in May to learn more about our 2021 Youth in Action award winners.

Each of the four winners received a $500 mini-grant to develop a significant community project, recognition at a formal award ceremony, a full scholarship to attend West Virginia 4-H Older Members Conference, an opportunity to be featured as the West Virginia 4-H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area, support and mentorship to apply for the 2022 National 4-H Youth in Action Awards, and an official reference letter from the West Virginia State 4-H Program Leader, Brent Clark.

Read West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Winner: Agriculture

WV 4-H COVID Needs Assessment

West Virginia 4-H needs your help! We want to learn from the COVID pandemic that will ultimately help the youth we serve. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Individuals that complete the needs assessment will be directed to an opportunity with a chance to win a $50 prize!

The purpose of the West Virginia 4-H COVID Needs Assessment is to identify youth educational, mental health, emotional, and social needs of 4-H youth across West Virginia during the pandemic (2020-2022). The results from this needs assessment will help WVU Extension faculty to identify, develop, and share resources to help address identified needs. It will also inform current and post-pandemic educational delivery. This needs assessment is voluntary, and all responses are anonymous. We thank you for your input.

Complete the needs assessment by April 29, 2022.

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