4-H Youth Development

4-H is a fun program where you get to  “Learn by Doing" to make the best better! 4-H is the world's largest youth-serving organization with over 6 million participants internationally. Everyone is invited to join. 4-H’s inclusive programs, clubs and camps are open to all youth ages 5 to 19, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender or disabilities. You can contact Wake County 4-H at 919-250-1100 or email us!

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4-H Camp 2021

Wake County 4-H is headed back to the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center for an exciting week of 4-H camp this summer! Camp will be June 13-18! Limited Scholarships are available!

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4-H Grows Here

The four H's stand for Head, Heart Hands, and Health.

Head – Clearer thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking, visionary leadership

Heart – Greater loyalty, strong personal valves, positive self-concept, productive family and peer relationships

Hands – Larger service, workforce preparedness, science and technology literacy, community service.

Health – Better living, healthy personal lifestyles, promoting environmental stewardship, creating vibrant communities

Teen Programs

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Youth In Transition works with children and youth who are involved with child welfare and/or juvenile court, and those who are homeless. 4-H provides life skill education topics such as financial literacy, independent living, conflict resolution, college preparation, and more. Email Carlos Moses at or call 919-250-3977.

Sparks in Progress (SIP): Teens will find something they are passionate about (we call that their Spark) and use it to make a positive impact on others. SIP helps high schoolers connect their Sparks with opportunities to serve and share with their community. For more information email Jamilia Martineau-Lopez at or call 919-250-1100.

Wake County 4-H Teen Council helps build skills such as leadership, citizenship, communication, financial management and self-resilience. Teens experience working with new, diverse peers through an informal self-governance style. Teen Council members meet monthly to plan and implement 4-H educational programs, as well as community service and social activities. Contact Daniel Bulatek at [email protected] or call 919-250-1100.


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4-H SPACES is a JCPC  prevention program that is part of Youth In Transition that teaches life skills to youth through experiential learning activities. The focus is on communication, critical thinking, decision making and goal setting.

4-H SPACES TOO (16–18-year-olds)

Life skills program designed with individual and group interaction to address realistic and attainable goals for youth ages 16–18 residing in Wake County.

  • 14-week group sessions
  • Curriculum-based education
  • Developing realistic individual goals
  • Support to overcome obstacles to accomplish goals
  • Transportation provided
  • Individual and family needs assessment
  • Development positive relationships
  • Job readiness

The desired population for 4-H SPACES TOO is youth ages 16–18 residing in Wake County. Referrals will primarily come through Wake County District 10 Juvenile Court Counselors to address the Raise the Age population. These youth may be at any stage of the Juvenile Justice process from Intake to Post Release.

Additional referrals will come through the Wake County Public School System, law enforcement, community-based programs, and individual referrals.

Parent involvement is essential for the success of each youth. Parents involved in 4-H SPACES TOO ensure that each child reaches their highest potential. Parents may also submit referrals for their youth.

4-H Clubs

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Bayleaf Meadows 4-H Club – North Wake
Club members interested in the natural world and technology will integrate the two through hands on experience with goats, chickens, gardening, arts and crafts making amazing creations with lasers and discovering how to develop ideas into products. The club gives youth the experience of a backyard farm environment in a local suburban area.
Marie Taylor: [email protected] 

Come Together 4-H Club Raleigh
General community 4-H club that covers community service, public speaking, and leadership activities. Open to all ages. Meets monthly in Eastern Wake County. Ages 8+. Contact Linda Yon at [email protected].

GIS Mapping 4-H Clubs Various Locations
Youth learn about geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping software. Community service projects are a frequent activity with youth using their technology skills on community impact projects such as mapping food deserts, gathering data for the Youth Thrive mobile app, and more. Must be upper middle or high school age to participate. Club members have the opportunity to compete for spots on the National 4-H GIS Team. Contact [email protected] 

Growing Youth Food Security Leaders 4-H Clubs Various Locations
Growing Youth Food Security Leaders Clubs Four middle schools have 4-H clubs dedicated to learning about hunger and homelessness in the local community. Students learn about the issues and design a project to have a positive impact in their school community. Students must be enrolled at the corresponding middle school in order to participate.  

Dillard Drive Middle School (Maryanna Canton) – [email protected] 

Fuquay Varina Middle School (Justin Viens) – [email protected] 

Happy Hooves 4-H Club (Wendell)
Horse club in Wendell open to youth with and without horses. Members participate in service projects, learn about horsemanship and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and so much more. Ages 5+. Contact Caitlin Gooch at [email protected] 

Horses for Hope 4-H Club (Raleigh)
Horses for Hope is a local non-profit that offers riding lessons for typically developing riders and riders with special needs. The 4-H club brings all riders together for activities, community service, and leadership development opportunities. Ages 5+. Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. "All members learn about horses by working with the miniature horses at Horses for Hope. Our 4-H club is open to everyone, you do not need to take lessons or own a horse. Contact Carmalee Scarpitti at [email protected] 

Jammin’ Hooves 4-H Club (Apex)
Jammin’ Hooves 4-H Club Horse club that focuses on animal science learning about horses and veterinary science. Club members are not required to have a horse or have experience showing horses. Parent participation is important in this club. Club meets in members’ homes in the western part of Wake County (Holly Springs/Apex). Contact Andee Lane at [email protected] 

JUNTOS 4-H Clubs Garner Middle and Garner High
JUNTOS 4-H Club 4-H club for students to develop life skills and explore college and career interests. Members learn leadership skills, public speaking, and skills for academic success. Located at East Garner Magnet Middle School and South Garner High School.  

MacNair’s 4-H Club Raleigh
MacNair's 4H Horse Club, in Raleigh, focuses on expanding equine knowledge, equine educational contests, animal science, and community service. Enrollment is open to any youth 8 years and older, and members must be taking lessons at MacNair's Country Acres. Ages 5+. Contact Emma James: [email protected]   

Muddybugs 4-H Club Raleigh
Community 4-H club in Raleigh for youth ages 5–8. The club covers a variety of topics including animals, insects and gardening. The focus is on having fun while learning with friends! Club meets at members’ homes. Contact Liz Driscoll at [email protected] 

Poultry Pack 4-H Club West Raleigh 
The Poultry Pack is youth 5+ with an interest in Poultry Science.   

Members will have an opportunity to study embryology which will include incubating and hatching eggs, follow their hatched chicks in a basic feeding trial where they will weigh their birds, analyze results, and draw conclusions. These birds then may become a backyard flock project for interested 4-H members. Each year members will have to the opportunity to do presentations at the 4-H egg cookery, chicken and turkey grilling competitions, or poultry production presentations at the district, state, and possibly even national events. Our club members will train and compete on either an Avian Bowl Team or a Poultry Judging Team.  The youth may participate in the market turkey show at the NC State Fair. Each year we will do a community service project which will be chosen by the members.   

Meetings are the last Friday of every month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Contact club leader Mary Fosnaught, the Poultry Science 4-H & Youth Extension Specialist, 919-515-5529 or [email protected] for more details. 

Southern Oak Equestrians 4-H Club North Raleigh
Southern Oak Equestrian Club Horse club meeting at the Southern Oak Equestrian Center in North Raleigh. Club membership is limited to youth who take lessons or board at Southern Oak Equestrian Center because of liability restrictions. Club members participate in public speaking and record book projects, as well as community service opportunities. Ages 5+. Contact Brooke Rush [email protected]

The barn’s website is: www.southernoakequestriancenter.com 

Sparks in Progress 4-H Club (Southeast Raleigh)
Staff-led 4-H club that focuses on community service activities throughout the year. Club meets at the Wake County Extension Office twice each month. Open to any youth 13+. Contact [email protected] 

Wake County 4-H Livestock Club (Southeast Raleigh)
Livestock Club Members learn about cattle, swine, sheep and goats. Members participate in field trips to local farms and in educational contests such as livestock judging, skillathons and livestock bowls. Youth do not need to have their own project animal to participate. No animal experience is needed for this group. Open to ages 5+. Contact: Allyson Farmer. [email protected]

Wake County Junior Master Gardeners 4-H Clubs (West Raleigh)
Junior Master Gardeners Youth ages 5 + meet to learn about plants, wildlife, and soil science. The JMG group is comprised of several different clubs that meet in one location in different rooms: the Weedbusters 4-H club, Dandelion Paws 4-H Club, Sunflowers 4-H Club. Youth are divided in different rooms for age-appropriate activities. Public speaking is encouraged of all club members. Meetings will be held at the JC Raulston Arboretum. The address is 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606. Directions to JCRA are available from the jcra.ncsu.edu website. Meetings at the JCRA will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Contact Jason Botts at [email protected] 

Wake County 4-H Teen Council. Southeast Raleigh
Wake County 4-H Teen Council helps build skills such as leadership, citizenship, communication, financial management and self-resilience. Teens experience working with new, diverse peers through an informal self-governance style. Teen Council members meet monthly to plan and implement 4-H educational programs, as well as community service and social activities. Contact Daniel Bulatek at [email protected] 

Ready to Join 4-H? Join online and get ready for your first 4-H meeting! 

To Register for 4-H:  

  • Go to nc.4honline.com.
  • Click “I need to set up a profile.”  
  • Enter your family information. 
  • Add youth members.
  • Submit your application online.

The Wake County 4-H Office will contact you via email or phone to help your family get started.


Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

Fax 919-250-1097

[email protected]

Extension Communication Specialist
Allyson Farmer


4-H Youth Development

4001 Carya Drive
Suite E
Raleigh, NC 27610