Alissa Ackerman, 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.

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

All in office 4-H programs are currently cancelled, until further notice. For the safety of our clientele & staff, we are temporarily limiting public access. We are open by appointment ONLY & for small group meetings & events. You MUST call the office to schedule an appointment and for entry into the office. Appointments with individual agents & staff may also be scheduled via email. For any 4-H related questions, please call 598-2789, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm or email Alissa at the email address above.

Check out our Facebook page (linked above) for Zoom programs and activities you can do at home. Also, under this 4-H page, check out the pages for 4-H Chefs in Training, 4-H Crafty Artists, 4-H Camp and 4-H Project Day. Recipes and projects are available for you to do at home during this time.

4-H Grab & Go Kits: Each week, bags will focus on a specific topic related to outdoor activities, gardening, cooking, physical activities, science projects and arts/crafts.

How does it work? Each week beginning on Monday, June 8th a new activity bag/kit will be offered at the Clay County Extension Office. All Clay County youth ages 5-18 are welcome to grab a bag. We will operative on a first come first serve basis. We will only have a limited supply! Please check our Facebook page to check out which projects will be offered each week.

When & where can you pick up? Clay County Extension Office - Monday-Friday from 9am - 4pm. Bags will be located outside on a table in a large container. Please use social distancing when picking up bags.

After you complete the project: Complete evaluation, take a picture of your project and send a message to Clay County Cooperative Extension Service Facebook page! We would love to share your talents and projects!

For questions, please contact the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789 or email:


Independent 4-H Projects - participants are encouraged to work on projects independently throughout the year. Projects include: Forestry, Geology, Entomology, Consumer and Fianncial Educations, Arts and Crafts, Home Environment, Woodworking, Electricity, Horticulture, Needlework, Foods and Photography. For ages 9-18. For more information, please contact Alissa at the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789.  FLYER

Congratulations Samantha Nolan and Maddy Dickerson. Samantha and Maddy are both 2020 Graduates of Red Bird Christian School.

Samantha graduated Valedictorian from Red Bird Christian School and will be attending Bellarmine University this fall and majoring in Exercise Science. She has also made it into the Early Doctor of Physical Therapy program! Samantha has been a 4-H member for 8 years. She explains, “4-H has made such a big impact on my life and I will always carry what it has taught me through life. It has helped me become a better leader and to be able to go out of my comfort zone. I am so thankful for 4-H and all of the friends I have made through it." Congratulations, Samantha!

Maddy graduated from Red Bird Christian School and will be attending the University of Louisville! She plans to major in Theater/Stage Management. Maddy has been a 4-H member for 6 years, served as a camp counselor and has attended many 4-H leadership events. Congratulations, Maddy!

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