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

  • State 4-H Meats Judging Contest set for Saturday, February 17 November 17, 2017
    We cordially invite you to again bring your county junior and senior teams to the upcoming meat judging contest, to be held Saturday, February 17, at the UW Madison Meat Laboratory. All of the materials can be found online at https://fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock/programs/4hmeatscontest/ We will continue with the change from the 2005 contest, junior contestant […]
  • Educational Travel Opportunity: Western Spirit Experience November 16, 2017
    A NEW 4-H educational travel opportunity will be offered for youth in Dane County! This experience is hosted by 4-H staff in the Northwest region of the state, and has recently been opened up to welcome youth from throughout Wisconsin. WHAT IS IT?: An educational travel experience for Wisconsin youth in grades 9-12 who are involved in UW-Extension 4-H Youth […]
  • Contact November 16, 2017
    Local Government Center 610 Langdon Street, Room 229 Lowell Center Madison, Wisconsin 53703 Phone: 608-262-9960 or 608-262-9961 Email: lgc@uwex.edu


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