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What is 4-H? 

4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in the United States involving more than 6.5 million young people and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers. The focus is on helping youth learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills by participating in projects and service.

Membership is open to any youth when he/she is in at least 9 years of age and is not older than 21 within the current 4-H year, which runs from October 1 – September 30. The Cloverbud program is open to youths ages 5-7 years of age. On a local level 4-H offers community clubs, specialty clubs, cloverbud clubs, county camp(s), club outings, Achievement Banquet, and more! In 4-H youth socialize, learn, and develop life skills in a safe, educational atmosphere.

Studies show that 4-H members
  • do better in school
  • are more motivated to help others
  • feel safe to try new things
  • achieve a sense of self-esteem
  • develop lasting friendships


4-H Clubs throughout the county are currently organizing for the upcoming 4-H year that will begin October 1, 2021. Clubs that are authorized to meet for the 4-H year will be listed as they complete their volunteer registration and club charter renewal.

The Jefferson County 4-H program has community clubs that meet throughout the county. If you would like more information on becoming involved in the 4-H program as a club member or volunteer, please contact 304-728-7413.

Jefferson County 4-H Clubs

Jefferson 4-H Report

Monthly Challenges Recap

Jefferson County 4-H clubs and members have participated in monthly challenges all through 2021. Members are given specific "challenges" to complete, such as bringing a a friend to a 4-H meeting, or taking a selfie with a can of soup to be donated to a local food pantry. 

4-H clubs also participate in challenges, such as collecting items to be donated to various charities, including JJ Bags for Foster Kids, Martinsburg VA. Nursing Home, and more. Members and clubs that participated are entered into a drawing each month, and given the chance to win prizes.

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Market Steer Weigh-In

The 4-H & FFA Market Steer weigh-in & identification will be held Saturday December 11, 2021, from 9-10 a.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. This event is mandatory for each steer that is intended to be shown as a market steer project during the 2022 Jefferson County Fair and each youth exhibitor is strongly encouraged to be present with their animal(s) at the event. 

Please have the following information ready for each animal brought to the weigh in; Exhibitors name, address, and phone number, is the animal a 4-H or FFA project, the location that the animal will be housed, and the animal's DOB.

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Jefferson County 4-H Family Orientation

Purpose: To help newer 4-H families and members understand 4-H, ZSuite enrollment, and 4-H project books and completion. All families are welcome, whether you are new to 4-H or have been a member for years.

• 6 p.m. - Dinner (Pizza provided by the Jefferson County 4-H Foundation)
• 6:30 p.m. - Parent Workshop 1 (ZSuite Enrollment or 4-H Project Completion and 4-H Program information) 
• 6:30 p.m. - Youth Session (4-H Exhibit/Poster Making, Project Book Exploration, Games and Songs)
• 7:15 p.m. - Parent Workshop 2 (ZSuite Enrollment or 4-H Project Completion and 4-H Program information)
• 8 p.m. - Safe Travel Home

Location: TBA

Registration: Contact the WVU Jefferson County Extension Office by Friday, October 22.

Read about Jefferson County 4-H Family Orientation

Recent WV 4-H News

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.

Season 3, Episodes 26-30 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, July 25, 2022, 9 a.m.  

We’re kicking off week six with a read-aloud of “The Earth Gives More” by Sue Fleiss. Read by Lauren Seiler, Director of Development at WVU Extension, and her son Henry, this story details the beauty that Earth has to offer. Next, Meshea Poore gives some great advice on how to deal with new beginnings. Then, we head to the kitchen with Angela Lawrence, a WVU Extension family and community development agent, to get a few tips on how to pack a healthy, balanced lunch for school. Next, a group of West Virginia 4-H’ers talks about how to explore and pursue career pathways in areas related to climate change. To finish off today, Kerri Carte is back to teach us how to make homemade popcorn with flavors even better than the pre-made kind.  


West Virginia 4-H Recognizes 24 State Winners in the Poster Contest

West Virginia 4-H is proud to recognize 24 winners from 17 counties in the 2022 State 4-H Poster Contest

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