4-H Youth Development
Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!
The 4-H Youth Development program is the youth education outreach program of the University WI-Extension. The program works with 19 community clubs in Washington County, which meet monthly, along with countywide educational project meetings throughout the year. 4-H facilitates outreach programs with local partner agencies. Summer day camps are conducted annually for all county residents. If you have any questions, please call, Brianna Stapleton Welch, Washington County 4-H Youth Development Educator at 262-335-4478.
WHAT IS 4-H IN WASHINGTON COUNTY?
4-H is a youth organization that belongs to the members, their families, and other interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. Professional leadership is given by Cooperative Extension faculty of the University of Wisconsin. Support for 4-H programs is a joint effort of local county government, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In 4-H, young people share, grow, and learn together from various projects, events, and activities in informal situations under the guidance of their families and other volunteer adult leaders. Members can choose projects that fit them and the places where they live. Group activities and events such as drama, trips, camps, fairs, shows, and conferences provide additional learning experiences and opportunities.
4-H is open to all youth and adults regardless of their ethnic background, race, creed, or disability. Youth ages 5 – 19 have the opportunity to join a 4-H community club. Parents, guardians, and other caring adults are encouraged to participate as volunteer leaders. Most 4-H clubs have meetings for the entire membership once a month. During these meetings, decisions are made about group-sponsored activities such as community service efforts, project opportunities and fund-raising efforts.
Regardless of the structure, a 4-H group may involve families, neighbors, relatives, and others. Participants have fun learning, working, and succeeding together in the home, neighborhood, and community.
In clubs, 4-H members decide for themselves which projects they want to learn more about. A 4-H project is a series of hands-on learning experiences in which youth learn subject matter and life skills. Projects are done both individually and as a group.
4-H’ers everywhere are linked in many ways, especially by the 4-H pledge which they all recite: I pledge… My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, My HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
4-H MOTTO: “To Make The Best Better”
4-H Slogan: “Learning by Doing”
State 4-H News and Information:
- Livestock results from Area Animal Science Days
- Iowa County Junior and Senior Teams top 2014 State 4-H Livestock Contest
- Manitowoc County seniors win top honors at the State Dairy Judging Contest
- Celebrate the Wisconsin 4-H Centennial with 4-H Day at the Wisconsin State Fair
- 2014 Area Animal Science Days Dairy Judging Contests
- Applications available for 2014 National Dairy Conference
- Value of youth livestock programs
- Wisconsin Operation Military Kids receives Community Commitment award
- Wisconsin 4-H groups in service to the state
- Purple Up for military kids on April 15, 2014
4-H Youth Development Staff
Washington County UW-Extension
PO Box 2003
333 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
West Bend, WI 53095-2003
Ginny Bichler – Program Assistant