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.

4-H Talk Meet & Demonstration Contest

April 10th at 5 pm

EXCEL Center

Attention: All Youth Ages 9-19


Registration will begin at 4:30 pm and the contest will start at 5 pm.  Return the registration form to the Clay County Extesnion Office at 69 Jameson Rd, Manchester, KY 40962 by Monday, April 3th.  All blue ribbon winners from each category will be entered into a drawing for $50!!!  For more information, contact Alissa Sebastain at 598-2789.

FREE & open to all youth ages 9-19!

Registration Form & Categories

4-H Demonstration Publication - What is a Demonstration?

Demonstration Score Sheet

4-H Speech Publication - What is a Speech?

Speech Score Sheet

Make a difference for our Clay County’s youth!  We have a tremendous opportunity to raise significant funds to support 4-H through the Ag Tag Donation, thanks to Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan Quarles.  Many of today’s farmers learned valuable lessons as 4-H members, now there’s an easy way for them to give back.  Remind a farmer today to give back by making the $10 donation when they renew  their farm license plates.

Our next 4-H Teen Club meeting will be on April 17th at 5:30 pm at the Rawlings & Stinson Park .  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.

Join the Revolution of Responsibility!

The Clay County 4-H Teen Club is having a T-Shirt Fundraiser.  All proceeds will benefit the Club.  For more information call 598-2789.

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4-H Camp - June 19th - 22nd

It’s time to start thinking of 4-H Camp that is coming up June 19th – 22nd.  4-H Camp is for all Clay County youth ages 9-14.  Camp is packed with activities from dawn to dusk!  Campers will take classes offered by certified instructors in classes like:  ●swimming ●archery ●ropes/zip lines ●canoeing ●nature ●riflery ●fishing ●sports ●arts & crafts and lots more!  Cost for camp is $185.  Partial and full scholarships are available.  Be looking for more information in upcoming newsletters.


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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When you renew your farm license plate, you can add a voluntary $10 donation to be divide equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and Kentucky Proud.  Please join us in making the voluntary donation to support Kentucky's youth and Kentucky agriculture.  Thank you for your support!

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Clay County 4-H Teen Club hosted "Timber," an interactive mystery dinner where every guest participated.  Teens served dinner and entertained guests.  Thank you to those in the community who came out and supported our teens!

Oneida Elementary 4-H Club learned about the health and cosmetic effects of using drugs and how smoking affects lung capacity.  4th grade students were able to describe specific health risks associated with using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.  Students also had the opportunity to obseve ingredients found in cigarettes.

In memory of Brice Hobbs, Clay County 4-H Teen Club member.  You will definitely be missed!

4-H News and pictures

4-H Collage of Pictures

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Clay County had 30 youth and 6 teen counselors attend J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp this summer.  Participants enjoyed swim class, rocketry, riflery, crafts, fishing, paddle boating, low ropes and recreation.  Not only did participants enjoy fun activities, but they were able to build self-confidence skills, increase leadership capabilities and strengthen abilities to make decisions.  4-H Camp is a great place for kids to build new friendships and step out of their comfort zone.  A hug thanks to our community businesses, volunteers and teen leaders for making 4-H camp a success!

Clay County 4-H Teen Club members had a great time at the Williamsburg Water Park for District 2 Teen Club meeting!

Two Clay County 4-H members, Sam Woods and Justin Smith, participated in the Natural Resources and Environmental Scienc Summer Class at Carter Caves!  They enjoyed a great day of canoeing and hiking!  Applicants must be in 7th or 8th grade to apply.  Please call the Extension Office at 598-2789 for more information!  Applications are due by August 24th.

To check out more pictures of 4-H events check out our Facebook page - Clay County Cooperative Extension Service.