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4-H Youth Development

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. 

What does it mean to be part of 4-H? 4-H encompasses school gardening, robotics teams, poetry slams, summer camps, and more! It is weekend space sleepovers and after school coding, raising sheep and riding horses, acting, writing and crafting. 4-H is youth-led, youth-focused programming centered on creating citizens who are well-equipped to face the world, pursue their passions, and support one another as they grow. 

4-H programming is about serving youth needs and that means being responsive and adaptable. While club members still show livestock at the state fair, they also travel to Facebook Headquarters to participate in Hackathons. 


Our Team

Hannah Payne
Assistant Director of Extension and Director of CASTEM
(304) 553-8218
Ana Karen Gatica Toledo
Ana Karen  Gatica Toledo
4-H Extension Educator
(304) 204-4378
Sara  Prior
4-H Extension Educator
Kim Smith
4-H Extension Educator
304 932 7402
Tiffany Ward
4-H Extension Educator
(304) 673-6780
Alex Young
4-H Extension Educator

Students working on a 4-H project

summer programs:

Grub Club

3rd-5th Graders | June 6th-10

Kids will get grubby and grow yummies with a totally FREE, hands-on summer camp.  Participants will meet with youth gardeners around the state via Zoom; they’ll get their own container gardening kit and materials for plant science experiments in the mail. All activities and meetings will be led by 4-H staff.
Click here to register by May 27th.


Life Skills 
9th-12th Graders | June 20-24

Adulting 101: All things high schoolers need to know to sail through college apps, tire changes, and first apartments. Delivered via a mix of in-person and virtual programming, participants can choose which modules are most relevant to their interests. Free and self-paced.
Click here to register by June 3rd.

Spanish Finders 

Ages 4-7 July 25-Aug 4
Participants will engage in Spanish language fun through stories, games, and music in this activity-packed, hands-on virtual camp! Camp is FREE and open to young learners. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children!
Click here to register by July 8th.
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