WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

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4-H Runs on Volunteer Power


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We are glad you looked us up!  The 4-H program reaches out to kids and their families to build skills for life.  Check us out!  4-H has a hundred different hands-on projects to offer.

Your time, knowledge and heart for youth could make a big difference in the quality of life in your community.  Washington State University Extension will  provide you the support and training you’ll need along the way.  You will be a valued partner in helping grow kids. Click here to find your local WSU Extension 4-H contact.

4-H is a community of young people

Nancy Franke, Don Ballard, & Jan Bond2011 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees Nancy Franke, Don Ballard and Jan Bond.  The three Snohomish County residents were honored for their exemplary club leadership and numerous volunteer leadership positions at the 4-H Leaders Forum in Ellensburg in October.  More than 170 people have been inducted into the State 4-H Hall of Fame since its inception in 2001.



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Volunteer Spotlight

Jim Luty


Martha Parsons
Klickitat County


I became a 4-H leader to give my kids an opportunity do something productive in our small community. I have children ages 17 to 23. My daughter is a senior in high school and has enjoyed Teen Conference and many experiences with animals.

My club is called the Rocky Mountain Hillbillys. I enjoy watching the kids learn. It gives me great pleasure to see them light up when they figure out how to do something or if what they are experimenting with actually works.

This year I helped put on a horse spring clinic in Goldendale and a miniature clinic around Klickitat County. My pride and joy is working with another 4-H volunteer, Nancy Beyerlin, and the Horseopolis event. We have a camp in July with about 30 kids and three great clinicians. I am excited for next year’s camp and already have clinicians who have ideas and want to work with all the kids.

If we do a parade I volunteer to do poop scoop duty and ham it up for the crowd. It shows the kids everything can be fun. I think the kids like to work with me because I don't judge them. If things don’t go as planned we sit down and talk about what we can do to make it better and then do it.

I work as a clerk for the United States Postal Service and enjoy arts and crafts and horses. I was taught by my family that if you think something is worth doing then put your heart into it. If only one person comes to an event don't get discouraged. One person learned something and you helped. It is a great motto.

Klickitat County


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