West Virginia State University to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 6-12

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October 7, 2019
West Virginia State University to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 6-12
INSTITUTE, West Virginia – West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service’s 4-H program will observe National 4-H Week October 6-12 by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youths in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them. 

The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do, which highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids throughout the country   ̶  from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities   ̶  are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.  

“At WVSU, our 4-H efforts have long been designed to expand youths’ interest in such areas as STEM, agriculture and the arts,” said Hannah Payne, assistant program director for 4-H. "Initiatives like our youth gardening program in Cabell and Raleigh counties; our STEM work with students in Kanawha, Raleigh and Logan counties; and our coding clubs throughout the Kanawha Valley are just some examples of how we’re Inspiring Kids to Do."

The University is currently working on a pilot project with Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary to introduce a kids’ computer coding program at the school. Other initiatives include a youth agriculture program in downtown Huntington and after-school settings in Raleigh County; mentoring programs in Charleston after-school settings; and a series of popular summer camps on topics such as rocketry, transportation, health sciences and pre-school learning.

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. 

National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). To learn more about how you can get involved, visit http://www.4-h.org/.

To learn more about 4-H at WVSU, contact Hannah Payne at (304) 553-8218 or hannah.payne@wvstateu.edu.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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