The Cooperative Extension 4-H & Youth Development Program at Prairie View A&M University officially started in 1985. Prior to 1985 the youth program was called the Recreation and Outdoor Education Program. Trained professionals and paraprofessionals used fun wagons that contained recreational and camping activities to attract young people and teach them to use their leisure time constructively.
Prepare youth to meet the challenges of childhood, adolescence and adulthood, through a coordinated, long-term, progressive series of educational experiences that enhance life skills and develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive competencies.
Learning by doing, and is available to all boys and girls in the 3rd through 12th grades, from urban, suburban and rural areas. First, an adult leader brings together youth that have common interests. Second, the youth choose one or more projects. Projects are chosen from among 100 project areas offered, or if you don’t see the one you like, you can create your own project. Third, the group enrolls as a club, and fourth meets together to learn and have FUN. Clubs are able to explore 4-H activities, events and trips. In 4-H there are events happening all year round.
ALL YOUTH and adults
Ages 5-8: Clover Kids (non-competitive activities)
Ages 9-13: Sub-Juniors, Juniors, and Intermediates (name depends on area of state)
Ages 14-19: Senior 4-H
To meet the needs of our nontraditional 4-H audience, Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension involves youth in day camps, community garden demonstrations, science experiments, presentations at fairs, and an annual pre-college conference—Career Awareness & Youth Leadership Laboratory.
The workforce preparation and competition coaching provides youth with opportunities to practice, demonstrate mastery, and apply life skills in science, healthy living and citizenship. Emphasis is placed on forming 4-H clubs where youth have the ongoing support of local Extension agents and volunteers.
Youth are encouraged to participate in school enrichment activities and 4-H clubs to help them develop life skills that focus on leadership and vocations in science, healthy living and citizenship.
We include the letter “A” in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) initiative to designate the word Agriculture, thus focusing on the STEAM initiative whereby the youth participate in the National 4-H Science Day Experiment, Junior Master Gardner projects, robotics, photography, rodeos and goat projects. The new 4-H Pre-Veterinary Animal Science project will be piloted in fiscal year 2013 and will guide youth through three years of workforce preparation that culminated in their certification as a Veterinarian Technician.
4-H agents conduct Family Fun Days, Back-to-School events, Kids ‘N’ the Kitchen Camp, community gardening, Let’s Move physical fitness and nutrition education classes to help combat the overwhelming increase and physical effects of childhood obesity.
Rukeia Draw-Hood, Ph.D. – Program Leader for 4-H and Youth Development
Gail Long – Program Specialist
Samuel Roberson, Ph.D. – Program Specialist
Joice Jeffries, Ph.D. – Program Specialist
Scott Horner – Research Specialist
Willie DeWalt – Extension Associate
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