4-H Youth Development

Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!

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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 4-H youth leader assisting 4-H youthvolunteer 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.


WHAT IS A 4-H PROJECT?

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: linked to the UW-Extension 4-H & Youth FYI blogsite

  • Engaging Young People to Sustain Communities, Families and Farms: A Framework for Promoting Engagement July 21, 2016
    This white paper outlines the rationale for a Wisconsin statewide effort focused on engaging communities with youth and young adults in order to build their social capital and citizenship capacity while promoting the civic, economic, and recreational assets of their communities. Josset Gauley led University of Wisconsin-Extension Cooperative Extension collea […]
  • Livestock Comfort at the Fair July 20, 2016
    Here is a resource that was put together a few years ago related to comfort of livestock at the fair with these hot temperatures and humidity. http://fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock/files/2014/02/livestock-comfort-at-the-fair-2012.pdf Fee free to share through your social media. https://www.facebook.com/Wisconsin-Youth-Livestock-Program-308375924101/
  • State 4-H Dairy Judging Results July 20, 2016
    Contact: Beth Heinze (608) 263-9409 or heinze2@.wisc.edu   MANITOWOC COUNTY SENIORS WIN TOP HONORS AT THE STATE DAIRY JUDGING CONTEST   Ninety youth competed at the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest which was held on July 18th in Black River Falls in conjunction with the State Ayrshire and Guernsey shows. Ayrshire and Guernsey animals were pulled out of the sh […]


4-H Youth Development Staff

Brianna Stapleton Welch
Megan Buehler-2015

Brianna Stapleton Welch
Megan Buehler

Assistant Professor
4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Youth Development Educator
and Volunteer Coordinator


UW-Extension Washington County
333 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
PO Box 2003
West Bend, WI 53095-2003
Phone: 262-335-4478
Fax: 262-335-4863
Relay: “711”

Ginny Bichler – Program Assistant
Email: ginny.bichler@co.washington.wi.us