Want to be part of something big, in a place where you can belong and hang out with friends? Join the club!
Lasting friendships can be formed outside of the world of cell phones and social media. Discover new friends and participate in interactive activities in your local community. West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H clubs provide a safe haven for meeting new friends from diverse backgrounds who live in your neighborhood.To find a club in your area, contact your county Extension office.
Citizenship Washington FocusWe know you believe in the value of citizenship skills, civic education, civic engagement, service and personal development. Help your 4-H’ers continue to grow their citizenship and leadership skills while attending a life-changing program. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is an unforgettable week-long summer program for 4-H high school youth. For more than 50 years, thousands of 4-H’ers from across the U.S. have traveled to Washington to stay at National 4-H Youth Conference Center and participate in the program. Youth who attend gain valuable skills and knowledge, such as: * Strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level. * Understand the importance of civic engagement and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders. * Interact with their U.S. Senators or Representative and speak about their state on “Capitol Hill Day.” * Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H’ers from across the country with diverse backgrounds. * Experience hands-on learning in the living classroom of our Nation’s Capital and its most historic significant sites and memorials.
This once in a lifetime experience allows young people to see the world from a new perspective. Don’t let your 4-H’ers miss out! All you need to do is gather a group of 5 or more participants (including both youth and chaperones). You can view videos and read testimonials or view the CWF schedule.
Contact Jeff Orndorff for more information.
4-H & Facebook
4-H, The Largest Youth Development Organization, Hits 400,000 Facebook Supporters
4-H’s Facebook Community Brings Together Teens, Parents, Staff and Program Alumni Worldwide
4-H is proud to announce a major milestone in its social media strategy—exceeding 400,000 supporters on the program’s Facebook page. With more Facebook engagement than any other youth development program, 4-H serves more than 7 million young people around the world with year-round, hands-on learning opportunities.
“The 4-H Facebook page launched in October 2005 with great interest, however it’s really taken off in the past year with nearly 50 percent increase in our fan base,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “We plan to continue to drive active engagement online among 4-H’ers, alumni, parents and supporters who are all incredible digital ambassadors for the 4-H program.”
Since February, 4-H has experienced a significant increase in engagement along with its growth in followers. In April, the organization experienced an average of 1.1 million unique impressions per week, including a seven-day high of 1.5 million in mid-April.
The consistent growth in followers has been attributed to the development of new, engaging content and outreach to current and past 4-H participants. For example, fun memes posted regularly have sparked engagement and have proven to be extremely popular with the 4-H audience. In a recent post, the organization inquired about their fans’ favorite part of the 4-H season. The post created such immediate engagement that it has since become one of the organization’s most popular memes on Facebook, reaching over 230,000 people and garnering 4,700 likes and 2,300 shares—including creating a buzz on Instagram.
As 4-H continues to create more digital brand ambassadors globally, the organization will strive to continue this positive momentum of engagement online.