4-H provides opportunities for youth to build skills through hands-on learning in different project areas with their peers by caring adults. By participating in 4-H, young people are exposed to the six C's of positive youth development: character, caring, confidence, competence, connection, and contribution. 4-H programming helps youth prepare themselves with the necessary skills to be a successful adult while making positive contributions to their communities.
4-H programming is based on the theory and practice of positive youth development. In short, it based on a belief that positive outcomes for young people don’t happen by chance. Instead, it is up to parents, schools, youth organizations, and the entire community to help them learn and grow.
Positive youth development occurs best in settings that provide opportunities for mastery, independence, generosity, and belonging. That's why 4-H goes to great lengths to ensure that all 4-H experiences include these essential elements.
Current Crook County 4-H Projects (Ages 9-19)
Beef, Dog, Goat, Horse, Rabbit, Poultry, Sheep, Swine, Cooking, Sewing, Vet Science, Photography, Archery, Art, Teen Leadership, Outdoor Adventure, Bicycling, STEM, Knitting/Crocheting, Cloverbuds (Ages 5-8)
Recruiting Volunteer Leaders for these Project Areas
Adult volunteer leaders are the mainstay of the 4-H program. Each year more than 7,000 adults volunteer their time and talents to help Oregon 4-H members. In addition, nearly 1,000 teens are involved in leadership projects.
Leaders learn along with 4-H members as Extension faculty members keep them informed about new information. Not only do leaders learn more about the project they are teaching, but they learn about teaching techniques and working with people. For this reason, 4-H is often referred to as an adult education program as well as a youth education program.
Although most volunteers lead clubs, there are other leadership roles in Oregon 4-H. Some volunteers might serve as community coordinators, assisting Extension staff in recruiting and organizing 4-H work in a particular geographic area. Others serve as resource leaders sharing their skills with club leaders, while still others share their talents as activity leaders for camps and special programs or committee members involved in program planning with professional staff.
Lindsay Walker - OSU Crook County 4-H Youth Development
Katy Joyce- Crook County Extension Program Coordinator
OSU/Crook County Extension Service
498 SE Lynn Blvd.
Prineville OR 97754