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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.

Five My Hands to Larger Service Mini-Grants awarded in 2022

Five 4-H teen leaders and their teams have pledged their hands to larger service in the coming months as they implement the service projects outlined in their winning mini-grant applications. The West Virginia 4-H All Stars have committed $1,000 to support the five mini-grants that will enhance communities in Gilmer, McDowell, Putnam, Wood, and Wyoming counties.

Daisy Snyder and the Gilmer County 4-H teen leaders plan to create a sensory garden for the Glenville Genesis Home's residents. Research has shown that sensory gardens help elevate mood, improve appetite, and improve sleep. The teens plan to build flower beds, paint decorations, build birdhouses and feeders, and plant various plants and flowers. Snyder hopes to include additional 4-H members, volunteers, and 4-H All Stars in this effort.