Extension Agents for 4-H Youth Development

The Kentucky 4-H Youth Development program creates opportunities and supportive environments for youth and adults to become capable, competent and caring citizens. The emphasis is on "hands-on" learning that focuses on the youth's area of interest. Programs are conducted with the help of parents, adult volunteer leaders, and professional staff who organize educational experiences. Youth participate in organized 4-H clubs, special interest and project groups, 4-H school enrichment programs, 4-H camp, and other special activities. Laurel County has a diverse selection of clubs and activities for youth.  Call or click to find out more about our current club offerings and events to find your place in 4-H today! 

All programming is centered around the following core content areas.

All programming is centered around the core content areas

What is 4-H?

4-H Youth Development is part of The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family.  Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. 

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4-H which represent the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

· Head - Managing, Thinking

· Heart - Relating, Caring

· Hands - Giving, Working

· Health - Being, Living

How does 4-H benefit youth?

4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are about:
· Four times more likely to contribute to their communities.
· Two times more likely to be civically active.
· Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
· Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time.
· 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

4-H Saying

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Q: What is 4-H?         
     A: 4-H is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship life
          skills while having fun!
Q: Why do kids and teens like 4-H?        
     A: Participants get to do activities that interest them while having fun and building 
          relationships with youth.
Q: What kinds of activities does 4-H offer?         
      A: It's up to you.  4-H is continually changing and growing.  We offer traditional projects such as animal and county fair projects in addition to new and innovative activities.
         From sewing to shooting sports and crafting to camping we have something for everyone. Come join the fun!
Q: Who can join 4-H?         
     A: Youth ages 9-19 can join at any time. 4-H also offers Cloverbud Clubs for 5-8 year-olds.           
We have something for just about everyone!
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For more information contact:
Chelsea Young
Owen County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
(502) 484-5703

Owen County Extension Office is a registered Safe Place.
"What is a safe place?" you ask.
Safe Places are sites set up in public locations where youth in crisis situations can get help immediately. Just look for a business with the Safe Place sign or you can text the word SAFE, along with your current location (address/city/state), to the number 69866 and you will get a response with the address of the nearest Safe Place and a phone number to call for help.

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