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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Winter Wonderland Painting will be on Friday, December 8th at 5:15 pm at the Clay County Extension Office. Costs is $10 per person.  Adults, kids & families are encouraged to participate.  Each family member will be painting their own canvas (each can paint their own tree to make a family forest) or kids can paint alone.  Door prizes will be given away.  Call 598-2789 to register by Monday, December 4th.

Winter Wonderland Flyer

Christmas Painting

Our next 4-H Teen Club meeting will be on November 20th at 5:30 pm at Clay County Extension Office. 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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4-H Teen Club will also meet on December 11th at 4 pm at the Laurel Creek Nursing Home to complete a community service project.

4-H Teen Club

4-H Council Meeting will meet on Tuesday, December 12th at noon at the EXCEL building.  Lunch will be provided.

Christmas Family Fun Night will be on December 14th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the EXCEL building.  Bring your kids and come enjoy an evening of fun with crafts, games and reading.  Santa will be joining us for FREE pictures!

Santa Claus

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.

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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