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Virtual 4-H Summer Sparks

West Virginia 4-H will be offering several Summer Sparks Virtual Sessions in the months of June and July.  Each Spark will be a one time 1-hour program. You may sign up any session that ‘sparks’ your interest. Check the full schedule below and picked your Spark Session based on participant’s age.  Session descriptions are below.  All programs will be conducted virtually on Zoom.  Once registration is completed you will receive the Zoom link. 

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Statewide Virtual 4-H Programs for Summer 2021

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West Virginia 4-H is excited to announce our Summer 2021 virtual programming experiences that will launch in June. These virtual 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) clubs will focus on different topic areas (Cloverbud, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living, and STEM). The programs will meet daily for five sessions or meet weekly for four sessions. Do not hesitate to register. We anticipate these programs to fill quickly.

Teen Discussion Panel on the Pandemic

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Youth voices offer unique perspectives, innovative ideas and valuable insights. As West Virginia  continues to move through the pandemic, teens want to know more about issues surrounding the public health crisis – now and in the future. Experts will give young people the “tea” (teen slang for “the scoop”) on a host of topics surrounding the pandemic during a special panel discussion on April 12, 2021, at 4 p.m.

Final Two Virtual Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs Kick Off in Mid-April

The final spring virtual 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) clubs will start in mid-April in order to wrap up in May prior to our summer 4-H programs. These virtual 4-H SPIN clubs will focus on different topic areas and will last between four to six sessions. Do not hesitate to register.  Many of the SPIN clubs have filled quickly!

These 4-H SPIN clubs are open to 4-H members. Be sure to read each club description to determine which age groups are invited to participate. Each club is a little different.  Some clubs are designed to help 4-H members with their project work, but not all of them.  All youth are welcome to join a SPIN club to learn, no matter their project area!

Virtual 4-H Cloverbud Special Interest Clubs Coming in April

West Virginia 4-H is excited to launch more virtual 4-H Cloverbud Special Interest (SPIN) clubs in April. These virtual SPIN clubs will meet once a week for six weeks beginning the week of April 12 and ending the week of May 17.

They are open to any interested 4-H Cloverbud and volunteer. 4-H Cloverbuds are youth with birthdates between October 1, 2012 and June 30, 2015. Each club will be $20 to participate. This fee will cover the cost of a club kit of supplies for the kids to engage in hands-on activities at home related to the club topic.

Adopt-A-Chick Egg Cam

4-H animal science programs provide members with the opportunity to gain life skills that they will carry into their future. Though the world around us is evolving, the importance of agriculture education is still an emerging need. The pandemic created an opportunity to offer innovated virtual programming.

The Adopt-A-Chick program was designed to give 4-H’ers the opportunity to participate in an integrated virtual and hands-on animal science program. Members adopted a chick from the time it was an egg until it hatched. Once hatched, participants are given the option to take the chick home.

More Virtual 4-H Special Interest Clubs Coming in April

West Virginia 4-H is excited to kick off more virtual 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) clubs in April. These virtual 4-H SPIN clubs will focus on different topic areas and will last between four to six sessions. Do not hesitate to register.  Many of the March SPIN clubs filled all of the spots quickly!

These 4-H SPIN clubs are open to 4-H members. Be sure to read each club description to determine which age groups are invited to participate.  Each club is a little different.  Some clubs are designed to help 4-H members with their project work, but not all of them.  All youth are welcome to join a SPIN club to learn, no matter their project area!

2021 Volunteer Professional Development Day - It Starts with Us: 4-H Volunteers Leading the Way

West Virginia Extension is proud to announce our first annual Volunteer Professional Development Day -  It Starts with Us: 4-H Volunteers Leading the Way! This event will be held on Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please join us for a day of celebration as we take a moment to say thank you for all you do to make West Virginia 4-H such a huge success! There will also be opportunities to connect with other 4-H Volunteers across the state and learn something new to help you GROW as a volunteer professional in West Virginia 4-H!

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