As an integral part of Wake County Human Services, Wake Cooperative Extension, NC State and NC A&T Universities, Wake County 4-H works collaboratively with these and other organizations to ensure that all Wake County youth have access to resources and can develop the skills they need to succeed.

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Youth Thrive

4-H is a collaborative partner in a community initiative focused on systemic change to ensure young people in Wake County are safe, healthy, cared for, and prepared to become productive adults by using positive youth development.

4-H has roles on the Capacity Building, Youth and Community and Accountability teams.

This map highlights places to access services for youth in Wake County:

Youth Places and Spaces in Wake County 

For more information visit:

Youth Thrive 

For professional development visit:

Youth Thrive Network Development Opportunities for Youth Service Providers


The Alice Aycock Poe Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting the lives of North Carolina youth through health education. Since opening in Raleigh in 1991, the Poe Center has educated more than 850,000 participants from 76 counties using innovative teaching theaters, exhibits and offsite programs.
By engaging in fun, highly interactive lessons, preschoolers through 12th-graders receive information that follows the NC DPI Healthful Living Standard Course of Study on a variety of health topics, including nutrition, dental health, general health, family life and drug prevention.


For more information visit:

Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education

Or call:


Or stop by: 

224 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
Public Health sm.jpg4-H Public Health Connection

4-H partners with Wake County Public Health to provide prevention education and health promotion services to youth.

These include activities and events that focus on:
v  Adolescents living in areas with high incidence of sexually transmitted infections
v  Adolescents requesting information and/or reporting participation in risk taking behaviors
v  4-H sponsored events and activities that model healthy food selections and provide opportunities for physical activity
v Age-appropriate weight management and obesity reduction programs promoting healthy nutrition and physical activities
v  Training youth peer educators to inform other teens about HIV/STD education and testing locations
v  Partnering with local universities to raise awareness in making healthy decisions through educational and testing events on college campuses
v  Collaborating with Wake County HIV/STD Department to build community partnerships
v  Training community agency staff and members on HIV and STDs prevention through a multi-session, evidence based model. 


For more information contact:

Tangela Keaton


Transition SM.jpg Youth in Transition

All youth need support as they make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.  Some youth need extra support. This includes youth living in foster care, growing up in poverty, and those involved in gangs or the juvenile justice system. 4-H welcomes these youth into our programs, and creates additional opportunities for these youth to learn and practice the critical life skills they will need to be successful on their own.

4-H provides hands-on educational groups to build skills in youth making the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

For more information contact:

Ruth Sutherland