4-H and Youth

Collegiate 4-H in West Virginia

Looking for a way to continue to learn, serve, lead, and have fun after you leave home for your new life on campus? Joining a Collegiate 4-H Club could be the answer for you.

Collegiate 4-H is open to all college students who wish to support youth and the 4-H program. It is not necessary to have prior 4-H experience—you only need to have an interest in the ideals of 4-H and in serving your community. 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.

Several colleges and universities in West Virginia have active Collegiate 4-H Clubs, including:

  • Alderson-Broadus College
  • Fairmont State University
  • Marshall University
  • West Virginia University
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • WVU-Parkersburg

Collegiate 4-H Clubs are recognized as official student organizations of their respective schools. Most meet on a regular basis, elect officers, and conduct social, educational, and service activities. Members work to benefit and provide support to their school communities, the county 4-H programs in which they are located, and to state-level 4-H activities. Leadership opportunities also exist at the National level for Collegiate 4-H members.

If you attend college in West Virginia, and you are interested in joining a Collegiate 4-H Club, but your school doesn’t yet have one, contact Bill Beckley, state Collegiate 4-H liaison in the State 4-H Office, for information on getting one started.