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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 Performing & Creative Arts Summer Camp 
This free, low-key, non-competitive day camp is for young artists ages 9 to 16. Participants can choose their own creative and performing arts projects and activities pertaining to the following tracks: digital photography, culinary arts, video and music production.

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.

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 day program that introduces students to the transportation industry. Since one in 7 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 seventh-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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