The 4-H Program in Clinton County serves youth between the ages of 5 and 18. In the 2019 4-H Program year (October 2018 through September 2019), the program served 167 enrolled youth in communities from Renovo to Loganton. Four-H focuses on youth life skill development in conjunction with interest-driven learning. Four-H members (who are called “4-H’ers”) can participate in community-based 4-H clubs that often meet year-round; or they can join a shorter-term outreach program for a more condensed 4-H experience. Community-based clubs in Clinton County currently focus on activities ranging from archery and animal science to gardening. Past short-term outreach program offerings have included Lego robotics, public speaking, and a summer partnership program with the Lock Haven Area YMCA.
Research has proven that 4-H participation is linked to the development of decision making, problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and goal setting skills, and that 4-H youth demonstrate life skills development that is significantly more advanced than that of their non-4-H peers. Dedicated 4-H volunteers make this kind of personal growth possible. Currently, more than 50 trained volunteers help to make 4-H activities in Clinton County happen.
The 4-H Program is managed by Penn State Extension. For more information on 4-H in Clinton County, contact 4-H Educator Kirsten Dubbs (firstname.lastname@example.org, 570-726-0022), visit the Clinton 4-H Program on the web (https://extension.psu.edu/clinton-county), or find the program on Facebook under Clinton County 4-H.