4-H & Youth Development

4-H_cloverThe 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.

Mission Statement

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.

What is 4-H?

4-H Is
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 chooses 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.

Who is 4-H for?

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

Meet our Staff

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At headquarters...

Rukeia Draw-HoodProgram Leader

Joice JeffriesProgram Specialist

Inez SimienAdministrative Assistant


In the county...

Arvitta ScottBrazos County Agent

Cassius McAlisterTarrant County Agent

Joshua WilliamsWaller County Agent

Marcus GlennHarris County Agent

Nathan TuckerTravis County Agent

Ricky MahaleyHarris County Agent

Shannon Johnson-LackeyTarrant County Agent

John FergusonCass County Agent

Cynthia PierfaxDallas County Agent


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