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Virtual 4-H Special Interest Clubs available for West Virginia youth

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West Virginia 4-H is excited to kick off virtual 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) clubs for 2022. These virtual 4-H SPIN clubs will focus on different topic areas and will last between four to six sessions. Additional virtual SPIN clubs will come online throughout the winter, so stay tuned for more February and March clubs!

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!

Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs

How Do I Sign Up?

Choose the virtual 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) club that interests you, then register online through ZSuite (4h.zsuite.org).

Register in 4-H ZSuite

Typical steps to register for an upcoming event

  1. Log in to ZSuite and select the Household primary account.
  2. Once on the Dashboard, select "Events" from the menu.
  3. Select which event you would like to register for by clicking “Register Now” in the event block
  4. You will see all members in your household who have enrolled in ZSuite.
  5. Click “Register” next to the participant(s) you wish to register for the selected event.
  6. Fill out the information and review the waivers regarding the participating youth or volunteer and click "Submit Registration."
  7. After saving, you will be returned to the registration page.
  8. Register the remaining participants, if any.
  9. When you have filled out the registrations for all participants in your household, click “submit registration.”
  10. Congratulations! You have registered for your 4-H event.
  Screenshot of the event section of a ZSuite Household (https://4h.zsuite.org/events/)


WV Heritage Foods 4-H SPIN Club

  • skillets and pans hanging from a rackFive Tuesdays - January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15
  • Time - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade
  • Club Cost - Free

Join 4-H'ers from around the state as we have fun creating West Virginia heritage foods at home while learning about our Appalachian culture. 4-H'ers will receive recipes and an ingredient list before each class. Any 4-H member is welcome!

Instructors Kelly Hicks, WVU Extension 4-H Hampshire County and Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension 4-H Mineral County

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Welcome to 4-H! SPIN Club

  • Two kids huggingFive Mondays - January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21
  • Time - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade welcome ( targeted at the 3rd to 6th grade audience)
  • Club Cost - Free
This is your invitation to join and learn about our amazing 4-H program! Join us as we explore all things 4-H. For over a century, 4-H has provided opportunities to grow and learn while becoming part of an extended family.

Whether this is, “Welcome to 4-H,” or, “Welcome BACK to 4-H,” – You DO NOT want to miss this! While This is 4-H will provide a guide for this SPIN Club, you DO NOT have to be registered for the project to participate in this club.

Instructors – Lisa Ingram, WVU Extension 4-H Marshall County, Linsey Ferguson, WVU Extension 4-H Ritchie County, Jamie Mullins, WVU Extension 4-H Calhoun and Gilmer Counties, and Mollie Toppe, WVU Extension 4-H Wetzel County

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We Love Our Pets 4-H SPIN Club

  • 2 dogs, 3 cats, 3 birds, 1 turtle, and 1 ferretFive Tuesdays - February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1
  • Time - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade
  • Club Cost - Free

Join us for five weeks of fun with pets! We’ll learn about basic pet care, how to choose a pet, and careers in the pet industry. Get ready for games and sharing about pets. So gather your furry, feathered, and scaly friends and sign up. While “Pet Pals” 4-H Project book will provide a guide for this SPIN Club, you do NOT have to be registered for the project to participate.

Instructors – Lisa Ingram, WVU Extension 4-H Marshall County, Mollie Toppe, WVU Extension 4-H Wetzel County, Brooke Alt, WVU Extension 4-H Pendleton County, and Becca Fint-Clark, WVU Extension 4-H Monongalia County

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Lead Tomorrow: Build Your Future 4-H SPIN Club

  • Teen with laptop in front middle with four people in background dressed in various careersSix Thursdays - February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10
  • Time - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Age - Youth 12 to 17 years old
  • Club Cost - Free

It is never too early to plan your future! This series of lessons will provide the tools you need to explore career paths, learn job-seeking skills, understand workplace etiquette, and how to build a portfolio. A different career cluster will be highlighted each session. In today’s fast pace world, there are skills that can launch you to the top of the class in career readiness and prepare you to your dreams. This club will meet many requirements in the Build Your Future 4-H project book. The club is open to any interested 4-H members and volunteers!

Instructors – Lisa Ingram, WVU Extension 4-H Marshall County, Jodi Smith, WVU Extension 4-H Wood County, Jamie Mullins, WVU Extension 4-H Calhoun and Gilmer Counties, Alyson Carozza, WVU Extension 4-H Wirt County, and Sabrina Beal, WVU Extension 4-H Barbour County

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Cooking 4-H SPIN Club

  • Kids cutting tomatoes in a kitchen with help from adultSix Thursdays - February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10
  • Time - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade
  • Club Cost - Free

Join us in live cooking and skill building for the Cooking SPIN Club. Participants will build on basic skills of food preparation, selection, safety and science. This club will meet many requirements in a 4-H Cooking project. The club is open to any interested 4-H members and volunteers!

Instructors – Alex Coffman, WVU Extension 4-H Grant County, Julie Bolin, WVU Extension 4-H Tyler County, Raegan DeVor, WVU Extension 4-H Wyoming and McDowell Counties, and Brenda Pruett , WVU Extension 4-H Mercer County

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Mental Health 4-H SPIN Club for Teens

  • Cartoon brain holding a heart with a plus sign laying on top of clovers in the shape of a heartSix Tuesdays - February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15
  • Time - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Age - Youth 13 to 17 years old
  • Club Cost - Free

The six-week club will learn using the "Your Thoughts Matter" 4-H project book, which is designed for advanced-level youth who are interested in learning more about mental health. Through the club, participants will explore the following topics:

  • What mental health means and its impact on those around us.
  • The differences among some common but serious mental health disorders.
  • How society communicates about this issue in casual speech and in the media.
  • Self-help and becoming part of the solution.
Instructors – Lewis Honaker, WVU Extension 4-H Ohio County, Tina Cowger, WVU Extension 4-H Marion County, Brenda Pruett, WVU Extension 4-H Mercer County, and Sam Williams, WVU Extension 4-H Harrison County.

* This project and club are not intended as a resource for those in crisis. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue, please seek adult or professional help immediately.

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