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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


Help 4-H’ers build lifelong skills at Celebration of Youth

Youth explore Ohio State’s greenhouses and learn how plants are grown.

Each year, the Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth raises funds to grow 4-H across Ohio. This year, we invite you to join us for an evening of fellowship and fun at Leeds Farm to support programs that help youth build lifelong skills. During this year’s event, there are opportunities to help grow 4-H career and workforce development and leadership development programming—resources dedicated to making these experiences reality.

One way Ohio 4-H accomplishes this is through our Pathways to the Future program, a college and career readiness program helping prepare youth for A Spark EXPO attendee looks at a soil sample through a microscope.success after graduation from high school. Youth participate in opportunities that help them understand their strengths, interests, and values, and they learn how to cultivate their 4-H experiences into future careers. Visit the Ohio 4-H Workforce Development and Pathways website to learn more about this program.

One experience offered through this program is Spark EXPO. This year, 31 eighth graders from 20 counties traveled to Ohio State’s Columbus campus for an overnight college experience. They participated in career exploration sessions with faculty and staff from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. One Ohio 4-H’ers tour Ohio State’s Columbus campus at Spark EXPO.participant shared, “I’ll always remember experiencing all of the campus time and learning about the abundance of ag careers out there!”

Join us in growing tomorrow’s leaders today with your gift to the Ohio 4-H Workforce Development and Pathways Fund. You can support 4-H youth as they reach their goals and prepare for success in their chosen career at the Celebration of Youth on Sept. 14 at Leeds Farm in Ostrander. Additional details about the evening and information regarding how to purchase tickets can be found on our website.