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The 4-H emblem is recognized all over the country as a symbol of pride. Its mission of cultivating America's youth to lead us in a Revolution of Responsibility has been embraced by the efforts of WVSU Extension Service and our 4-H Youth Development program. We’ve adopted a non-traditional approach to our programing efforts, focusing on expressive arts initiatives and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Current programs include the following:
4-H Family GROWTH
The 4-H Family GROWTH literacy program represents (G)ardening, (R)eading, (O)pportunity, (W)ellness, (T)eamwork and (H)ealth. It provides youths in grades K-5 the opportunity to be involved in preparation of healthy snacks, gardening in the schools and with parents and other adults, reading books that relate to health and gardening, exploring the world with outdoor activities, and enhancing wellness through physical activity and teamwork.
4-H Hip-Hop Camp 
This summer day camp is an opportunity for students to learn about all aspects of the music industry, from the business skills involved in selling your music, to the exercise and nutrition information that can make sure an artist is performing, looking and feeling great. Students choose a track for the duration of camp. Each track concentrates on a specific area of the industry (Performance, Production, Dance or Arts).
Beats, Rhymes & Life
In one classroom, a group of kids are sitting at computers wearing headphones, listening intently to music that they have created. Next door, a group watches a kid spin records on two turntables while matching the beats for the first time, eliciting a giant smile of accomplishment. Not what you expect to see in a traditional 4-H-sponsored after-school program, but exactly what you get from Beats, Rhymes & Life, held at the Roosevelt Neighborhood Center on the East End of Charleston.
Fast Track
In the Fast Track program, youth learn about cooking, kitchen safety, safe food handling, basic nutrition, consumer literacy and fitness activities. This program assists students in becoming more confident with their eating choices, as well as preparation of healthy foods and snacks, plus developing ways of having a more active lifestyle.
Health, Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA)
The HSTA Forensics Summer Institute is a residential summer camp that teaches participants about forensic science with a mock-murder scenario. Youth learn techniques including DNA analysis, thin-layer chromatography, handwriting analysis, fingerprint analysis and drug analysis as they attempt to figure out “who did it?” HSTA is a program of West Virginia University targeting 9th-12th grade students. Only students that are already involved in the year-round HSTA program are eligible to attend the Forensics Summer Institute.
Summer Transportation Institute
STI is a residential/day program that introduces students to the transportation industry. Since one in seven jobs in the United States is in the transportation sector, STI offers participants the opportunity to explore the career choices available in transportation and to engage in a wide range of activities that are both educational and enjoyable. Field trips, projects and guest speakers provide firsthand experience with everything from air travel to highway construction. Incoming sixth-ninth grade students are eligible to apply.
Youth Mentoring Program
The 4-H Mentoring Program targets youth ages 10-14 and their families. We use culturally appropriate, early-intervention strategies during interactions such as one-to one and group mentoring, involvement in 4-H clubs and family activities. The program is designed to increase youths’ interpersonal competence, improve their academic performance and strengthen family relationships.
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