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West Virginia celebrates 4-H Week

October 1 - Each year, thousands of youths across West Virginia have the chance to discover what they love and are passionate about through 4-H. The largest youth development organization in the nation, 4-H gives young people an opportunity to build relationships, skills and experiences that last a lifetime. To recognize the importance of 4-H, West Virginia University Extension joins in a celebration of National 4-H Week Oct. 1-7.

4-H Week is October 1-7

This year’s theme is “I Love 4-H,” which invites incoming members to learn more about the program directly from both current members and alumni. Past and present 4-H’ers are encouraged to share why they fell in love with 4-H throughout the week.

In 2022, West Virginia 4-H reached more than 42,600 youths in all 55 counties through programs such as community and special interest clubs, STEM education, in-school activities, livestock projects and camping. Participants learn about a variety of topics, including health, citizenship, leadership and other important life skills.

“Across the nation, 4-H has made a commitment to ensuring that every child – no matter their race, religion, identity or background – has a safe space in our community,” Brent Clark, director of WVU Extension 4-H and Youth Development, said. “Here in West Virginia, it is important that we always welcome all young people to be a part of our 4-H program and continue to identify new programs that meet the needs of young people throughout the state.”

West Virginia 4-H provides youths with opportunities to grow with 4-H and build a strong foundation for future success. Across the state, 4-H’ers can become more confident versions of themselves through the program, just like Lewis County 4-H’er Paige Powers.

“Everybody always says to make the best better. 4-H can not only just make other things better, but it can make you be the best you could ever think about being,” Powers said. “You can learn how to cook, clean, speak out, be yourself and lead people. You just have room to be you. You're not trying to strive to be anybody else. 4-H is just like the one thing that I know that will always be here in my heart.”

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