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

  • Menominee 4-H focuses on health with youth, families, communities September 19, 2017
    An innovative 4-H program in Menominee County/Nation is sparking sustainable and culturally-relevant change. The goal: to empower youth and adults to take action to improve their own health, the health of their families and of their communities. At the June meeting of the 4-H Club in Keshena, a group of UW-Extension employees and young members of the Menomin […]
  • Adult Volunteers: Apply to be an Adult Advisor for a 4-H Educational Travel Opportunity in 2018 September 18, 2017
    Love working with youth? Interested in Aerospace? Citizenship? Leadership? Global Citizenship? Wisconsin 4-H Wants You! What opportunities exist? -Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington, D.C. (June-July); -National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia (late November); -Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama (late April); -International immersion programs in Costa […]
  • National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest September 14, 2017
    *Disclaimer*  Our website is only housing the documents for this national contest.  Please contact Rosie Nold, Contest Coordinator, at Rosemarie.Nold@sdstate.edu or at 608-688-5459 with further questions. National 4-H Livestock Skillathon-AnSci Dept Hds letter FINAL 2017 National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest 2017 Rules  4-H Skill-A-Thon Contest Examples […]


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