4-H & Youth

Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!

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Washington County 4-H is the youth education outreach program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension. 4-H is based on an experiential learning model of do, reflect, apply. Through project based learning and youth-adult partnerships, both youth and adults increase life skills and grow as leaders. The program works with 19 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 Coordinator at 262-335-4478.

 WHAT IS 4-H IN WASHINGTON COUNTY?

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 Cooperative Extension faculty of the University of Wisconsin. Support for 4-H programs is a joint effort of local county government, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In 4-H, young people share, grow, and learn together from 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 ethnic background, race, creed, or disability. Youth ages 5 – 19 have the opportunity to join a 4-H community club. 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.


WHAT IS A 4-H PROJECT?

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

  • Essential Elements of Youth Development October 22, 2019
    Training on the four elements – Independence, Mastery, Belonging, and Generosity – for both adults and youth.  We invite you to take this online training if you have not already.  Just click on the link below and it will provide directions on how to get to the training in 4HOnline. https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/files/2018/08/4HOnline-Essential-Elements-Train […]
  • Re-Enrollment Deadline: November 1st! October 21, 2019
    The November 1st deadline for re-enrollments to join 4-H and still be able to exhibit at the county fair in the Junior Division as a 4-H member is approaching fast!  If you miss this re-enrollment deadline, you will not be able to exhibit at the county fair in the Junior Division as a 4-H member.  If a youth has been absent/inactive as a 4-H member for more […]
  • Art Lab October 16, 2019
    Art Lab returns to Wisconsin 4-H! Wisconsin 4-H Art Lab is an opportunity for youth grades 9-12 to engage in the arts in downtown Madison. Partnering with UW-Madison and off-campus programs, this weekend will provide youth hands-on learning experience from professionals in a pre-selected art concentration. Program experiences will garner critical and creativ […]


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Amy Mangan-Fischer

4-H Program Coordinator

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 – Program Assistant
Email: karen.girard@wisc.edu