4-H & Youth Development

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4-h & Youth development at vsu

4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension that is in partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. 4-H is rich with learning experiences where young people ages 5-18 can partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today.  

Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's “learning by doing” philosophy of youth development.  Here at Virginia State University, we offer programs such as VSU 4-H leadership Institute, STEAM-VSU, Marine Aquatic Science, and other agricultural related youth programs during the summer and throughout the year.

Health Rocks!


Health Rocks is a fun, interactive curriculum developed by National 4-H Council and participating land grant universities throughout the country for ages 8-14.  Health Rocks! supports the goals developed by the National Health Education Standards and teaches young people the life skills needed to make healthy choices and to resist tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

To find out more about your county’s local Health Rocks! program please visit: https://ext.vt.edu/offices.html  

Character Counts!


Character Counts! is a framework centered on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.  Character Counts! improves the lives of the adults who teach it and the communities that embrace it, giving kids a framework for ethical living.

As an educational framework for teaching universal values and a national coalition of organizations that support each other, Character Counts! transcends cultural differences. It isn’t a curriculum, an add-on, an out-of-the-box program, or a quick-fix fad. It is character education that fits well with the structure of Virginia 4-H. To find out more about Character Counts please visit  https://charactercounts.org/ 



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