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4-H by the numbers
- Clay County 4-H served 470 youth and 101 adult volunteers in 2023.
- Those youth attended more than 23 different programs, and are from 5 local clubs.
- Many of our clubs and programs meet multiple times throughout the year.
- This year 87% of youth learned about people who are different than them.
- Clay County welcomed 40 brand new enrolled youth members through afterschool programs and group projects in 4-H clubs.
Youth belong and matter in Clay County 4-H
4-H Community clubs and Afterschool programs provide a place for youth to belong. 4-H youth thrive when they explore their personal sparks. Sparks create actions that benefit young people and communities. That community could be as small as their family or circle of friends, or as broad as their school, town, or county. In 4-H, we want to support youth in becoming increasingly connected. To feel a deepening sense of commitment, pride, and willingness to contribute. Community service and volunteerism are some of the top five sparks among young people nationwide, and Clay County 4-H youth are no different! Local clubs take on service projects each year putting their hands to larger service in many ways countywide. One local club planted a community garden and donated 130 pounds of vegetables to the Barnesville Area Food Pantry. Community projects range in skills and expertise but one thing is for sure Clay County youth are committed and proud to contribute where they can!
Here is what a few families have had to say about Clay County 4-H:
"I have been in three 4-H's!"--3rd grade student
"Making the garden felt good because kids younger than me get to plant and harvest food like other schools." --Community Club youth
"He is very excited about what he is learning."--parent of an afterschool youth
Give to Clay County 4-H
Gifts support 4-H youth development in Clay County, and local programming coordinated by the Clay County 4-H Federation.
We are so excited that you are considering being a part of Minnesota 4-H! 4-H is America's largest youth development organization--empowering over six million young people with skills that last a lifetime. In 4-H we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us!
We hope that you and your family will enjoy exploring all that 4-H has to offer! Interested in joining Clay County 4-H? Learn more here!
There are several ways to join or re-enroll in 4-H.
Make a Difference
As a 4-H volunteer, you are a valued partner of the University of Minnesota Extension! You complete the important role of helping our youth "learn by doing." You create life-changing experiences, share your expertise and skills, and work alongside 4-H youth members to grow together and build a strong Minnesota! We are excited to have you join us as we empower our young people to reach their full potential and "make the best better!"
Why volunteer with 4-H?
- YOU can support youth in 4-H
- YOU can help others
- YOU can make a difference
4-H is a unique organization where youth can learn how to solve problems, make decisions, and communicate ideas. All learning is hands-on and backed by university research. You can make a BIG impact in the lives of young people all while passing on your knowledge to the next generation!
Ways to help
There are many ways to volunteer and serve with the members of Wilkin County 4-H. Whether you have a busy schedule or a ton of spare time, there is a volunteer role for you!
- Lead a Club: Work alongside youth to provide support to your 4-H Club.
- Teach a Skill: Share your strengths with youth at a one-time workshop or clinic series.
- Join a Committee: Help shape youth in Wilkin County 4-H by serving on a local committee.
- Judge Projects: Provide personal and detailed feedback to youth on the projects they bring to the Wilkin County Fair.
- Help with Events: Support 4-H'ers as they plan and execute activities and events.
- Guide our Leaders: Serve as a mentor to our 4-H youth members who take part in our leadership programs.
Types of Volunteers
A screened Minnesota 4-H Volunteer is an adult who will be one of two required adults to provide supervision to youth at the 4-H program; make decisions on behalf of the 4-H program, handle funds as part of 4-H events, and will have access to private data of 4-H members or other volunteers. Screened volunteers have completed the volunteer screening process, been accepted, and enrolled as Minnesota 4-H volunteers.
An adult helper is someone who gives their time and/or expertise to 4-H education programs, activities, or outings in a manner that does not require status as a screened Minnesota 4-H Volunteer. Adult helpers must be under the direct supervision of two or more screened Minnesota 4-H Volunteers or Extension Department of Youth Development employees.
Examples of Roles
- Guest speaker/presenter
- Event Worker (e.g horse show helpers, livestock show announcer, club activity helper)
- Snack servers at 4-H Club meetings or events
- Adults are asked to contribute on a one-time basis or asked occasionally to supervise or assist with a program/activity while working under the direction of two or more screened Minnesota 4-H Volunteers and/or staff.
Volunteering with Minnesota 4-H can be a very rewarding experience. To learn more about becoming a Minnesota 4-H Volunteer, visit the volunteer website.
Already enrolled in Clay County 4-H--we are happy to have you!
We realize that being a 4-H'er is important to young people, and it comes with TONS of information. Keep yourself organized and on track for a successful and fun-filled year of activities, gatherings & friendships by downloading the Minnesota 4-H app. Clay County 4-H is happy to provide information at your fingertips!
The Minnesota 4-H app is active year-round for your convenience and contains many resources that are vital to participating in Clay County 4-H! The app is loaded with various information and will keep you up to date with our local county program!
Download the Minnesota 4-H App
Downloading the app is easy, go into your app store, search for Minnesota 4-H, and download the app. Once you have the app downloaded, choose Wilkin County and you will be connected with all the current information, guides, programs, events, schedules, social media, and more!
Here are some other helpful ways to keep up to date with Wilkin County 4-H
We are so excited that you are a part of Clay County 4-H
The Clay County Fair is scheduled for July 11-14, 2024.
The Clay County Fair is coming! Now is the time to start thinking about what projects your child plans to explore. Check out the 2023 Fair resources to find the rules & regulations for any exhibits your child will bring to the fair, how to register for the fair, and some FAQ's.
2023 Clay County Premium Books:
Questions? The Clay County Extension staff are here for YOU! Please, reach out with any and all questions that you have by calling 218-299-5020 or by emailing email@example.com. The more you ask, the more you know! Clay County Extension is committed to helping your family have a fun and successful 4-H experience.
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Master Gardener volunteers are trained by University of Minnesota horticulture educators and complete many hours of volunteer work each year, providing a valuable in-kind contribution to Minnesota.
Clay County Master Gardeners meet the 2nd Monday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Family Service Center in Moorhead. Contact the Clay County Extension Office at 218-299-5020 to get in touch with one of our local master gardeners.
Family Service Center of Clay County
715 11 St N
Moorhead, MN 56560
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Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Clay County. These programs are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
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Check our community research page for reports on county and community-focused topics relating to local economics, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, developing tourism, and more.
Local programs can be offered in collaboration with local community organizations and government agencies. Current programs include:
- Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL)
- Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program (ELP)
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Clay County Extension
Jennifer Erdahl, Principal Office & Administrative Specialist | Field Operations
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Rosie Gonzalez, Extension Educator | Family, Health and Wellbeing
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Mindy Grant, Extension Educator | 4-H Youth Development
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Monique Stelzer, Extension Educator | 4-H Youth Development
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