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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 Program Director
(304) 553-8218
Caroline Copenhaver
4-H Extension Agent
(304) 382-3383
Ana Karen Gatica Toledo
Ana Karen  Gatica Toledo
4-H Extension Agent
(304) 204-4378
Kaysha Jackson
4-H Extension Agent
(304) 204-4009
Tabitha Surface
4-H Extension Agent
(304) 543-7432
Tiffany Ward
4-H Extension Agent
(304) 673-6780
Shelley Whittington
4-H Extension Agent
(304) 541-0907

Students working on a 4-H project

REgister for our virtual summer programs:

4-H Summer Vacation
Four weeks of summer vacation themed activities, beginning June 13

The Grub Club: Kid-Powered Gardening
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2 p.m.
Learn to plant your own food and participate in fun activities and crafts. Grades 3-8.

Act Up: Theatre Fun with 4-H
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1 p.m. during the month of July
Virtual performing arts sessions with acting games, scene studies and more. Grades 6-8.

Little Growers Summer Camp

July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 10 a.m.
A free Zoom-based camp for 3-6 year-olds and their families! Bugs, flowers and wildlife, oh my! Join us Fridays in July for free virtual fun-filled, garden-focused learning! Story time, sing-a-longs and hands-on activities will keep you and your little ones engaged during these short sessions. You will also have access to extra activities you can enjoy at your own pace!

Poetry & Mindfulness
Weekdays at 2 p.m. during the month of July

Daily short sessions focusing on close reading for understanding and mindfulness, featuring writing prompts and feedback opportunities. Grades 9-12.

Spanish Finders Camp
July 27-August 6 (Monday-Thursday), 10-10:30 a.m.
A free Zoom-based introduction to the world of Spanish for pre-school children.
Learn numbers, colors, animals, food and more through stories, music, crafts and games. Attend the virtual sessions and learn along with your children as we guide you to facilitate their Spanish language discovery.


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