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, Amy Mangan-Fischer, 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

  • Washington County Seeks 4-H Summer Outreach Coordinator January 19, 2018
    UW-Extension Washington County is looking for a 4-H Youth Development Outreach Coordinator to implement youth outreach opportunities over the 2018 summer months.  If you know someone who would enjoy working with youth this summer, please share this opportunity! Preferred qualifications include: completion of two years of college evidence of successful leader […]
  • Guernsey Calf Essay-Due February 16 January 19, 2018
    Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders’ Association (WGBA) is hosting a Guernsey Calf essay contest.  This calf will be awarded to the youth who writes the best essay on their choice of two topics: (1) “What a Guernsey calf would mean to me” or (2) “The Guernsey cow is important to me because…” Entrants do not need to have a Guernsey background or be from a Guernsey fa […]
  • YQCA For State Fair January 17, 2018
    NEW FOR 2018! Wisconsin State Fair is pleased to announce implementation of a new national certification program available for youth. Completion of this informative and educational program, “Youth for the Quality Care of Animals” (YQCA), will be required for all youth who exhibit animal projects (Beef, Dairy, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep and Swine) at the […]


4-H Youth Development Staff

Megan Buehler-2015

Amy Mangan-Fischer
Megan Buehler

Lecturer
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