4-H and Youth

4-H Programs

Ag in the Classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom is a grassroots program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Its goal is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.

ATV Safety

To help prevent accidents and educate youths and their families, WVU Extension Service provides ATV safety information as part of the National 4-H Youth curriculum


A direct quote from a young person after attending county camp and being asked:
“What is your favorite part of camp?”

“I think just the collective memory of having a smile on your face from the time you get here till the time you leave. I left county camp last week after being around little kids and (it was) just a great environment all week and I just couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. Its kind of inexplicable but there is just something about it.”

Civic Engagement

Provides participants with opportunities for hands-on educational and civic engagement programs that focus on a variety of topics including government and citizenship. Forum attendees will have special activities at the WVU Extension Day at the Legislature.

Click here for more information on 4-H citizenship events and the WVU Extension Civic Engagement Team.

Collegiate 4-H

Belonging to a Collegiate 4-H Club doesn’t take the place of being a 4-H member in your home community club for the purposes of participating in 4-H activities or competitive events, but it will expand your 4-H career experience through activities tailored specifically for the college-age member.

Energy Express

Energy Express is a six-week summer program promoting the school success of children living in rural and low-income communities across West Virginia by:

  • Providing summer learning experiences focused on reading.
  • Serving two nutritious family-style meals each day.
  • Engaging college students in service through AmeriCorps.
  • Developing strong partnerships involving parents, schools, communities, and state agencies and organizations.

Extension Camping Instructor Program

The 4-H Extension Camp Instructor Program is designed to enhance the development of young people through proven experiential-based training. As a side benefit of the program, these young people form a well-trained cadre of leaders who can provide assistance to county and state 4-H camps and other educational Extension events and activities.

Global Education & Engagement

The primary goal of the WVU Extension Global Education & Engagement Team is to be a leader of programs and activities that support and enhance global education for Extension faculty, staff, and volunteers, and clientele. The team is inter-disciplinary in nature with Extension Agents and faculty from 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Families & Health and the Community Economic & Workforce Development program units.

Healthy Lifestyles Initiative


Children living in rural and low-income communities often fall behind during the summer months, starting each school year behind where they were the previous spring. Successive summers of limited learning opportunities may cause children to fall below grade level by the end of elementary school—putting them further and further behind more privileged peers. Literacy and Energy Express pick up through the Summer and offer a continued learning atmosphere while also serving a healthy breakfast and lunch.

Statewide Afterschool Programs

Create and sustain a statewide partnership to raise awareness of the importance and accessibility of high quality “out-of-school time” programs for all school age children, share criteria of effective programs and best practices among providers and the public, and promote sustainability of such programs throughout the state.


The WVU Extension Service 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program endeavors to create programming that fosters an appreciation for science, engineering, and technology in West Virginia youth and equip them with the skills they need to compete in the 21st century.

What Do You See?

This writing exhibition is an initiative through the NAE4-HA Communications and Expressive Arts task force. The task force’s goal is to expand the opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and career exploration in the areas of communication and expressive arts through 4-H Youth Development efforts. We want youth to look for ways to observe and interpret their surroundings and then to express their thoughts and/or emotions creatively through written media. Our “What do YOU See?” exhibition encourages youth how to think, but not what to think.

Youth Agriculture

The WVU Extension Service maintains a 4-H youth in agriculture program to strengthen the capacity of families and youth to achieve life-long learning and productivity.