Alissa Sebastian, County Extension Agent for 4-H/Youth DevelopmentAlissa Sebastian

Agent for 4-H/Youth Development

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4-H/Youth Development: The 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.

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4 -H Cooking Clubthis is a great opportunity to gain experience in the kitchen and learn to prepare a variety of recipes! If you enjoy cooking or want to learn, this is the club for you! Open to all youth ages 8-18. First meeting is September 19th at 5:00 pm at the EXCEL building beside McDonalds. Please call 598-2789 to register.

Our next 4-H Teen Club meeting will be on September 25th at 5 pm at the Clay County Extension Office .  If you are between the ages of 12 – 17 and are looking for something different to be involved in and still trying to find where you might fit in 4-H could be for you. It is an opportunity to be involved in something new ...and unique. There will be at least one teen club meeting every month. They don’t all have to be attended and you can join any time. So come check it out and see if 4-H is right for you!

Studies have shown that youth involvement in 4-H helps their relationships with others better, be more engaged and contributive to their communities, more likely to go to college and engaged in school, have a better chance at living a healthy lifestyle, and even many times more likely to plan a career in a science field.

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4-H Community Club - Do you love being crafty? This club will make projects that can be used for the home, gifts, Extension Showcase & KY State Fair.  Our kickoff for our first meeting is September 26th at 5 pm at the EXCEL building. Come & join us! Please call 598-2789 to register. FLYER

Performing Arts Camp – October 20-22 at J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp in London, Kentucky.  Cost is $175 per person (includes 2 nights, 7 meals and your choice of performance track.)  Performing Arts Camp is open to everyone in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades!  Plus all the fun of summer camp: gaga, 9 square, carpetball, sally campfire & more!  Adults age 18+ are encouraged to become one of our cabin chaperones and adult leaders and attend for free!  Please contact for details on how you can join us and become a 4-H Volunteer for your community today!  All parents are invited to the Sunday performance & lunch!  For more information or to register your musician, singer, or dancer for this unique program, please email us at or call 606-864-2770 to request a registration packet.  Registration deadline is October 10th.

4-H Volunteer Leaders Needed

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.

· 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. 

Types of Clubs:

Community ClubAn adult volunteer leader starts a 4-H club in his or her neighborhood with some local children.  The group usually meets in the evenings or on weekends and offers self-chosen multiple learning experiences and activities.  Meetings can take place at the leader’s home, county 4-H office or other convenient location(s).

● In-school—A teacher or another interested adult volunteer conducts a club meeting at a designated time during class.  The teacher may select 4-H projects that are relevant to the class and subject(s) being taught, or offer a project “just for fun.” These clubs meet during school hours, but have officers and planned activities beyond school enrichment.

● After-SchoolA teacher or another interested adult volunteer conducts a club meeting after school hours within a childcare setting.  They have officers and planned activities.

● Project Club—An adult volunteer leads a club designed around a specific topic or project.  4-H’ers interested in that particular project would meet usually once a month or more at the leader’s home, county 4-H office or other convenient location(s). Examples of Project Clubs include: dog, horse, shooting sports, etc. 

How to Get Started: Contact Alissa Sebastian at the Clay County Extension Office for more information! Phone: 606-598-2789 Email:


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