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The 4-H emblem is recognized all over the country as a symbol of pride. Its mission of cultivating America's youth to lead us in a Revolution of Responsibility has been embraced by the efforts of WVSU Extension Service and our 4-H Youth Development program. We’ve adopted a non-traditional approach to our programming efforts, focusing on expressive arts initiatives and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Current programs include the following:
4-H Family GROWTH
The 4-H Family GROWTH literacy program represents (G)ardening, (R)eading, (O)pportunity, (W)ellness, (T)eamwork and (H)ealth. It provides youth in grades K-5 the opportunity to be involved in gardening during and after school with parents and other adults, reading books that relate to health and gardening, exploring the world with outdoor activities, and enhancing wellness through physical activity, nutrition and teamwork.
4-H Performing & Creative Arts Summer Camp
This free, low-key, non-competitive day camp is for young artists ages 9 to 16. Participants can choose their own creative and performing arts projects and activities pertaining to the following tracks: digital photography, culinary arts, video and music production. 
Details for the 2016 session coming soon. For more information, contact our 4-H Office.
Beats, Rhymes & Life
This expressive arts program is not what you would expect to see in a traditional 4-H-sponsored after-school program. Held at the Roosevelt Neighborhood Center on the East End of Charleston, youth learn about spinning records on two turntables while matching the beats for the first time, producing music using the latest software, and putting it all together in the sound booth using their own vocals.
Health, Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA)
The HSTA Summer Forensics Institute is a residential summer camp that teaches participants about forensic science with a mock-murder scenario. Youth learn techniques including DNA analysis, thin-layer chromatography, handwriting analysis, fingerprint analysis and drug analysis as they attempt to figure out “who did it?” HSTA is a program of West Virginia University targeting 9th-12th grade students. Only students that are already involved in the year-round HSTA program are eligible to attend the Forensics Summer Institute.
Summer Transportation Institute
STI is a day program that introduces students to the transportation industry. Since 1 in 7 jobs in the United States is in the transportation sector, STI offers participants the opportunity to explore the career choices available in transportation and to engage in a wide range of activities that are both educational and enjoyable. Field trips, projects and guest speakers provide firsthand experience with everything from air travel to highway construction. Incoming 7th – 9th grade students are eligible to apply.
Details for the 2016 session coming soon. For more information, contact our 4-H Office.
Youth Mentoring Program
The 4-H Mentoring Program targets youth ages 10-14 and their families. We use culturally appropriate, early-intervention strategies during interactions such as one-to one and group mentoring, involvement in 4-H clubs and family activities. The program is designed to increase youths’ interpersonal competence, improve their academic performance and strengthen family relationships.
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