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4-H Youth Development

 4-H is a nationwide program led by state land-grant universities in cooperation with local county/district extension councils. In Kansas, 4-H is the largest youth educational program, aside from public schools. Each of the four H's on the clover represent ways youth can grow and develop in 4-H.

  • Head:   critical thinking, problem solving
  • Heart:   self-discipline, integrity, communication
  • Hands:  serving others
  • Health: choosing healthy lifestyles

4-H is open to youth between the ages of 7 and 18 as of January 1st. The 4-H year runs from October 1st to September 30th.  4-H offers 35 different projects for youth to explore. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

In the River Valley District, we have 27 Community Clubs and 1 Project Club. There are currently 596 youth enrolled in 4-H in our district. 



District Extension Agent
4-H Youth Development

Belleville Office
1815 M Street - Courthouse
Belleville, KS  66935

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 2017 - Diane resized

Diane Kussman

District 4-H Program Manager
Belleville Office
(785) 527-5084

2020 Rachel Footit

Rachel Footit

District 4-H Program Manager
Clay Center Office
(785) 632-5335

Melissa Swenson
Melissa Swenson

District 4-H Program Manager
Concordia Office
(785) 243-8185

Macy Flory

Macy Flory

District 4-H Program Manager
Washington Office
(785) 325-2121