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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Volunteer Needed for Potential 4-H Dog Club

The Kentucky 4-H Dog Program may seem to be about dogs, but in reality, it is about kids.  Young people are very important to us and we want to make sure that we provide the very best educational experience that we can. For most, animal-related programs and projects will provide a variety of life lessons, which will positively impact them for the rest of their lives, no matter what career path they choose to follow.  While it is important for youth in 4-H dog clubs and programs to gain a basic understanding of daily care, nutrition, and dog ownership, it's the learning from hands-on experience---making decisions, seeing the results, and accepting the responsibility for the care of a living animal---where lives of youth are changed forever.

In an effort to make sure that every young person involved in a 4-H dog program or project has the best possible learning experience, Kentucky 4-H is developing and implementing the Kentucky 4-H Dog Volunteer Certification Program. This program will put in place a system of "certification" for 4-H volunteers that work with dog programs and projects. In order for a county to offer dog programs and projects through 4-H, at least one volunteer per county club/group must attend a Certification Workshop and complete specialized trained. That volunteer must then continue to hone their knowledge and skills in youth development and subject matter training through annual continuing education to continue as a "Certified Volunteer". This program is a step towards providing the finest educational experience for youth that we can.

Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts: mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity.  The Kentucky 4-H Dog Program fosters mastery by learning about dog care and management, belonging by taking part in club and community events, independence by demonstrating responsible dog ownership, and generosity by participating in community service and outreach events.

Please contact Alissa Ackerman at Clay County Extension Office for more information at 606-598-2789.

4-H Council Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 10th at 12:00PM at Excel Building. Lunch will be provided, please call at 598-2789 to reserve your spot. 

Our next 4-H Teen Club meeting will be on Monday, January 22nd at 5:30 pm at the EXCEL building beside McDonalds. This club is open to middle school aged and high school aged students interested in developing leadership skills and enjoy working to better the community and 4-H!  This club is a good way to meet new people, attend leadership events, become a camp counselor and help your community!  Call Alissa at 598-2789 for more information on joining the 4-H Teen Club.

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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Kentucky 4-H Volunteer Forum (February 8-10th in Lexington) - If you would like to learn more about volunteering for 4-H or already volunteer and would like to attend, please contact the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789 for a list of workshops and registration forms. Registration forms are due December 15th. Limited spots are available.

Do you have a passion for writing? Have you ever written a poem or a song?  If so, share your talents and participate in the Kentucky 4-H Written Communications Contest! Due Friday, February 23rd to the Clay County Extension Office. 

  • Each county may submit two junior and two senior entries per category.  
  • Each category will have a junior and senior class.  Junior:  Any member age 9-13 may compete in writing contest as per their age determined on January 1st of the year in which the state contest is held.  Senior:  Any member age 14-19 may participate in writing contest (must have passed their 14th birthday but have not passed their 19th birthday as of January 1st of the year in which the state contest is held).  
  • Each writing piece must be original.
  • Winners will be invited to showcase at the Kentucky State Fair “Clover Café.”  Date TBD


  1. Categories include: (Junior and Senior Classes for each category)Songwriting
  2. Poetry (3 line minimum and 25 line maximum)
  3. “What 4-H Means to Me” Essay (minimum 500 words)
  4. Original Monologue
  5. Press Release (maximum of 1,000 words)
  6. Public Service Announcement

Please visit the website for more information on rules:

Homebased Microprocessor Workshop - March 2nd from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Clay County Extension Office.  FLYER

The 2018 Poster and Essay Contest is now receiving entries!

Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students all across the Commonwealth to create and submit original works of art to show the importance of agriculture to the Commonwealth’s way of life and our future. Students are encouraged to submit either a poster, essay, or digital image based on the contest theme. The theme for 2018 is “Kentucky Agriculture: From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate”.  Statewide poster and essay winners from each grade, Kindergarten through 12th grade, will be chosen, and an overall digital winner will be selected. Cash prizes will be presented to the winners at the 2018 Poster and Essay Awards Ceremony.  Information regarding the ceremony is TBD at this time.  The winning entries may be displayed in the Commissioner’s Office in Frankfort, at the 2018 Kentucky State Fair, and on the KDA website. Entries must be postmarked by Monday, April 2, 2018 and mailed to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, c/o Elizabeth Gordon, 111 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601 or you can bring in to the Clay County Extension Office by March 27th and we will mail for you. A completed entry form must be taped or glued to the back of each entry. Check out the following website for rules, guidelines and entry form:!prettyPhoto/1/ 

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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