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About The Oregon 4-H Outreach Youth Development Education Program

The Oregon 4-H Outreach Youth Development Education website is the source for information regarding 4-H youth outreach and engagement to under-served audiences. We are committed to the positive growth of the under-served population in Oregon, including children, youth, and adults from all different cultural backgrounds.

We partner with public schools, private businesses, non-profit organizations, professionals, and volunteers throughout Oregon. We provide after-school activities to positively influence youth to pursue a post-secondary education by offering summer camps, conferences, leadership training and clubs and programs programs where kids learn about the US Education System, financial aid, scholarships, and how to apply and prepare for college. Other activities include volleyball, soccer, archery, canoeing, cultural activities, and folkloric dance. We deliver our message about the importance of higher education by connecting with youth and their families with community colleges, universities and resources.

Our program is headquartered at Oregon State University in Corvallis, but we have OSU Extension faculty and staff in every county in Oregon. Explore our site to learn more about activities and services for youth.

Outreach Summer Camps

The overnight 24-hour-a-day International Summer Camp is designed for Latino and under served population youth in grades 3-8. It focuses on helping youth improve academic skills, develop leadership skills, and participate in healthy physical activities.


    Outreach Leadership Institute

    The Oregon 4-H Outreach Leadership Institute (OLI) is divided in four parts. OLI Part l 2018 is now open for registration.

    What is 4-H OLI?

    An Introduction

    Oregon's under-served youth significantly lag behind their peers in academic achievement. Latinos in particular have an abnormally high dropout rate. While there are a number of reasons for the achievement gap, several contributing factors identified by the literature and the Oregon 4-H staff is that these youth have limited

    • Understanding about the k-12 and post-secondary educational systems
    • Knowledge of future career options
    • Support to learn, prepare for and apply for college
    • Educated parents
    • Opportunities to participate in educational activities outside of school (after-school programs / summer camps / conferences)
    • Resources to pay for extracurricular activities
    • Opportunities to participate in play roles in schools and community
    • Access to educators, leaders, role models, mentors, and other resources
    • Lack of role model teachers, counselors, mentors in schools from the same cultural background
    • Learn the benefits and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Complete a college application
    • Learn college admission requirements
    • Know that college is possible and affordable
    • Learn about choosing a major, college or university
    • Write a personal biography, college admission’s essay, and résumé
    • Learn about college and career exploration opportunities
    • Be aware of internships and summer jobs
    • Learn about current topics affecting under-served populations
    • Learn about student involvement in college (example: student organizations, fraternities/sororities, athletics)
    • Be aware about the importance and benefits of community service
    • Learn and teach games, songs, skits, and activities
    • Serve as camp counselors for the 4-H International summer camps
    • Develop leadership skills serving as camp counselors, leaders, and mentors and take leadership roles in school and their community

    Environmental Leadership for Youth (ELY)

    The Environmental Leadership Program is a partnership providing a series of leadership trainings and outdoor STEM education with an emphasis on watershed stewardship and natural resource careers for under-served high school youth in the Willamette Valley while increasing the diversity, equity and inclusion capacity of local environmental non-profits. Leadership trainings are conducted by the 4-H Outreach Leadership Institute to increase access to higher education, career opportunities, and build community leadership skills. The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife leads the STEM education component providing on-campus science labs, hands-on experiential learning in natural resource management, science careers and engagement with local watershed councils in watershed stewardship and community engagement. Participating watershed councils receive mentoring from the Office of Community Engagement to improve their work with underrepresented communities through as series of assessments and discussions. The Program aims to serve 30 high school aged youth per year from the Willamette Valley area free of charge.

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