4-H & Youth

Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!

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Preparing youth for successful futures by
engaging in fun, hands-on 4-H activities

Washington County 4-H is the youth education outreach program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension. Through project based learning and youth-adult partnerships, both youth and adults increase life skills and grow as leaders. The program works with community clubs in Washington County, which meet monthly, along with countywide educational project meetings throughout the year. 4-H also facilitates outreach programs with local partner agencies. If you have any questions, please call Amy Mangan-Fischer, Extension Washington County 4-H Program Educator, at 262-335-4478.


4-H is a youth organization that belongs to the members, their families, and other interested adults who serve as 4-H youth leader assisting 4-H youthvolunteer leaders. Professional leadership is given by University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension staff. Support for 4-H programs is a joint effort of local county government, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In 4-H, young people share, grow, and learn together through various projects, events, and activities in informal situations under the guidance of their families and other volunteer adult leaders. Members can choose projects that fit them and the places where they live. Group activities and events such as drama, trips, camps, fairs, shows, and conferences provide additional learning experiences and opportunities.

4-H is open to all youth and adults regardless of their race, color, gender, creed, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, or sexual orientation,. Youth ages 5 – 19 have the opportunity to join 4-H. Parents, guardians, and other caring adults are encouraged to participate as volunteer leaders. Most 4-H clubs have meetings for the entire membership once a month. During these meetings, decisions are made about group-sponsored activities such as community service efforts, project opportunities and fund-raising efforts.

Regardless of the structure, a 4-H group may involve families, neighbors, relatives, and others. Participants have fun learning, working, and succeeding together in the home, neighborhood, and community.


In clubs, 4-H members decide for themselves which projects they want to learn more about.  A 4-H project is a series of hands-on learning experiences in which youth learn subject matter and life skills. Projects are done both individually and as a group.

4-H’ers everywhere are linked in many ways, especially by the 4-H pledge which they all recite: As a 4-H member, I pledge… My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, My HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world. This pledge is commonly said at the beginning of 4-H club meetings, conferences and events.

Here you can find the 4-H pledge in other languages, such as Spanish or Hmong: http://4h.ucanr.edu/About/Pledge/

4-H MOTTO: “To Make The Best Better”
4-H Slogan: “Learning by Doing”

State 4-H News and Information: linked to the Extension Youth FYI blogsite

  • Delivering 4-H Through Technology April 10, 2020
    Engaging 4-H Youth through Virtual Meetings and Learning Opportunities  Technology offers a venue for youth voice and discussion.  Below you will find information on how to host and conduct 4-H meetings in a safe and educational way.  Take a few minutes to review each link.  These will provide best practices for you as a volunteer when meeting with youth.  P […]
  • Make a Face Mask for Bell Tower April 9, 2020
    Are you still looking for someone to make masks for? Bell Tower could use them! 4-H has an activity guide for making cloth face coverings! Not only does it guide you through the process, but it also helps explain the why behind it and gives you new things to think about and discuss! 4-H: Learn by Doing.
  • Choosing Your Lamb Webinar - TONIGHT April 7, 2020
    Register now! https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U83K2dQLS3uz6r_fQ6FtXw For 1 Educational Point: After participating in the webinar please complete the Out-of-County Google form at http://bit.ly/fdllivestockpoints or download the form at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/fdlmeat/forms/.

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Amy Mangan-Fischer

4-H Program Educator

Washington County

Extension Washington County
333 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
PO Box 2003
West Bend, WI 53095-2003
Phone: 262-335-4478
Fax: 262-335-4863
Relay: “711”

Karen Girard – Administrative Assistant
Email: karen.girard@wisc.edu

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