Introducing Extension Washington County’s new 4-H Educator, Ron Jakubisin

Hello! My name is Ron Jakubisin and I’m excited about starting my role as the 4-H Educator in Washington County, Wisconsin

The last 4 years I have served Washington and Extension Fond du Lac County as the Positive Youth Development Educator in which I’ve been involved with some fun, educational leadership programs that range from 4th graders, to high schoolers, to working with youth organizations and schools! My career has always focused on programs that develop youth as leaders, train volunteers, and engage community members that supports these things.

My style is focused on positivity and growth for both youth and volunteers. I like teachable moments to be engaging and fun that challenge our knowledge and skill growth.

I look forward to getting out in the county to meet all of the great 4-H volunteers, club leaders and youth members!

Ron Jakubisin, Washington County 4-H Educator

Ron Jakubisin
Washington County 4-H Program Educator


2023 4-H Visual Arts Festival – Call for Entries

Attention Washington County youth artists: are you looking for an opportunity to share your artwork with the community? If so, the 2023 4-H Visual Arts Festival is an opportunity you’re not going to want to miss!  

Youth in grades 3-13 from Washington, Ozaukee, and Fond du Lac Counties are invited to participate in this fun, free, virtual event. This event is sponsored by 4-H, however, youth are not required to be 4-H members to participate. This year’s theme is “Local Inspiration”. Wisconsin has many interesting and beautiful places to capture. Be inspired by the places you live, work and play. This could be a town, city, park, school, your home, or any other local places. 

We are excited to have two new categories for submissions: Fabric and Digital Media. Other categories include Drawing, Painting, Photography, and Other Media

Entries are accepted now through March 1, 2023. Multiple submissions are welcome! Prizes will be awarded for each category. 

Submit artwork through 4-HOnline (

Questions? Contact the Extension Washington County office at 262-335-4478. 

We are Hiring!

We are hiring; job position: 4-H Program educator; apply now

Extension Washington County is hiring a 4-H Program Educator to lead and manage the full range of the 4-H program including clubs, after school programs, educational experiences, and camps.

Programming focus includes:
• Recruiting, training, developing, and managing volunteers focused on helping youth develop life skills that promote ongoing community involvement and strengthen youth leadership development
• Expanding 4-H membership and volunteer opportunities to underserved youth and adults
• Overseeing 4-H Clubs, 4-H Groups, 4-H Leaders Associations and committees and coordinating the process for youth and adult volunteer enrollment
• Strengthening the 4-H program by providing leadership for marketing, communications, member recruitment, and member retention;
• Cultivating collaborative efforts and partnerships with other organizations to expand 4-H programming opportunities.

Apply today!

Upcoming “Volunteers In Preparation” (VIP) Trainings for New 4-H Volunteers

Are you a new Washington County 4-H volunteer? Plan to attend one of our Volunteers in Preparation (VIP) trainings scheduled in January and February. This interactive training program includes:

  • Overview of Extension
  • Volunteer roles and responsibilities
  • Best practices when working with youth
  • Resources available to you

These are virtual trainings, by Zoom.

  • January 17 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • January 26 6:30 — 8:00 p.m.
  • February 8 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • February 21 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The link to sign up is:

Adult volunteer helping a youth do gardening

Apply for 4-H Travel Experience Funding from the Washington County Leaders Association

Wisconsin 4-H offers educational travel experiences for youth in grades 6 -13. Partial funding is available for these experiences through the Washington County 4-H Leaders Association. To apply for funding, 4-H members may submit a completed application packet to the Extension Office by Wednesday, January 4, 2023, and participate in an interview on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. Applications for Leaders Association Funding can be found on the Educational Travel Experiences/Awards/Opportunities page of our website.

A reminder that any 4-H youth can register for Wisconsin 4-H educational travel experiences, whether or not they apply for funding. Note that applying for funding does not guarantee you a spot on the experience.

See Wisconsin 4-H Educational Travel Opportunities for a complete listing of statewide events & opportunities.

Washington County 4-H Member Kate D. attends 4-H National Congress

Washington County 4-H Member Kate D. is one of 26 Youth representing Wisconsin at the 101st National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. Kate joins more than 800 delegates from across the United States and its territories that are coming together to discuss youth leadership, service learning, and the positive impact 4-H has on communities across the world. We look forward to hearing more about Kate’s experience when she returns!!!

4-H has overtaken Atlanta! 2022 National 4-H Congress, Unforgettable past, Innovative future, with photos of 4-H youth