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Strong 4-H Clubs: Volunteer Workshop Series

An adult volunteer surrounded by 4-H'ers.

4-H volunteers are encouraged to participate in an engaging volunteer opportunity with the Eastern Region of Extension Agents. These statewide virtual workshops will occur monthly from November through April on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Six West Virginia 4-H'ers Participated in Northeast States 4-H Presentations Fest

West Virginia 4-H held their State 4-H Presentation Expo in April 2021. Six of the top scorers - two from each presentation type (Formal Speech, Demonstration, Illustrated Talk) - were invited to participate in the inaugural Northeast States 4-H Presentations Fest on Saturday, September 18, 2021. This event, led by Melanie Forstrom of Cornell Cooperative Extension, showcased the presentation skills of 37 youth from 10 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.

New 4-H year kicks off on October 1, 2021

Four teenages walking together across a field

The beginning of October ushers in the new 4-H year. West Virginia University Extension Service's 4-H program welcomes current and new families to enroll in the new 4-H year starting October 1, 2021.

Excellence in 4-H project work on display at the State Fair of West Virginia

4-H exhibit hall at the State Fair 2021

Learn by Doing; That is the 4-H slogan. Loaves of bread, collections of insects, creative 4-H clover displays, and handmade clothing garments and toolboxes line the display stands in the Cecil Underwood Youth Building at the State Fair of West Virginia 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 12 through 21, 2021. Additionally, there are hundreds of exhibits online in the virtual state 4-H exhibit.

West Virginia 4-H Announces 24 State 4-H Poster Contest Winners

West Virginia 4-H is proud to recognize 24 State Winners for the 2021 State 4-H Poster Contest!

The State 4-H Poster Contest is an annual event that provides an opportunity for 4-H members to gain awareness of topics, like Healthy Living, Civic Engagement, STEM, and Agriculture, through artistic expression. Posters are judged at the county level and only the top poster in each age division can move forward to the state level.

Season 2, Week 5 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 19, 2021, 9 a.m.

We are starting the week off with a story about art and community told by Jennifer Ours Williams, associate dean for programs and partnerships for WVU Extension Service. She will read us the book “Hey Wall.” 

Season 2, Week 4 - Energy Express on WVPB

We are starting the week off with Ellen Rossi, president of the EQT Foundation. She will read us the book “How to Feed Your Parents.”

Next, WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development Agent Ami Cook teaches us about kitchen safety. She will take us on a tour of her kitchen to learn what objects could be dangerous or potentially cause us harm.

Season 2, Week 3 - Energy Express on WVPB

Let’s kick off week 3 by learning about friends! Cindy Fitch, associate dean of research for WVU Extension Service, will begin the episode by reading us “Bear, Squirrel and Friends.” You don’t want to miss the surprise ending of this book!

Grab your pencils and paper! We’ll join 4-H Youth Development Agent J.R. Davis to learn about the 4-H pen pal program. He’ll teach us about letter writing etiquette and explain how we can become involved in the pen pal program. 

Season 2, Week 2 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, June 28, 2021, 9 a.m.

Join us for our Monday episode of Energy Express as we kickoff with a reading of “The Sloth That Slowed Us Down” with Chris Matlick, administrative director at the Mylan Charitable Foundation.