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4-H Youth Development


The 4-H/Youth Development program creates opportunities and supportive environments for youth and adults to become capable, competent and caring citizens. The emphasis is on "hands-on" learning that focuses on the youth's area of interest. Programs are conducted with the help of parents, adult volunteer leaders and professional staff who organize educational experiences. Youth participate in organized 4-H clubs, special interest and project groups, 4-H school enrichment programs, 4-H camp and other special activities.

Fayette County 4-H programs and events (including, but not limited to clubs, classes and camps) are for residents or students of Fayette County only. If you are not a resident or student of Fayette County, please check with your home county about the 4-H Programs available for your child.




County Extension Agents for
4-H/Youth Development
 4-H Program Assistants

Kevin Lindsay

Kelly Rexroat





Deana Reed




Mary Jane Frietsche







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4-H Sewing Club


4-H Achievement Award Program


Contest takes it to the (piggy) bank


Source: Jeanne Davis, extension program coordinator and co-director of Managing in Tough Times Initiative


It’s time for Kentucky’s young people to exercise their financial creativity by entering the Piggy Bank Design Contest.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and its Managing in Tough Times Initiative host the contest every fall in anticipation of Kentucky Saves Week, a time in February dedicated to encouraging individuals to start or increase their personal savings. Kentucky Saves Week 2015 is Feb. 23-28.

Any school-age student in Kentucky can enter the Piggy Bank Design Contest at their county UK Cooperative Extension office. While the contest gives students the opportunity to think creatively, it also affords them with the chance to think about ways to build wealth and reduce debt.

Each of the state’s seven extension districts will choose two winning entries based on originality, creativity, artistic design and attractiveness. Winning designs will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during February. Winners will also receive a certificate.

Click here for an Entry form

For more information about Kentucky Saves, visit

Cell Phones and Young People


Contact: Mark Mains, extension specialist for 4-H youth development and

Technology has advanced at such a rapid pace that our lives are very different than they were even 10 years ago. Responsible technology usage is now a conversation you must have with your child.


Ten years ago, some high school students had cell phones, but in 2010, a Pew study revealed that 58 percent of all 12-year-olds had a cell phone.


While cell phones are an easy way for you to stay in contact with your child, they do come with their own sets of risks. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to teach your child how to wisely and safely use a cell phone before they receive one. Establish rules of when and how the phone should be used and acceptable websites and apps. Remind them to think before they text. While texting may seem more private than social media, pictures and texts can easily be forwarded and put on social media. Insist that they never respond to any texts, friend requests or calls from unknown numbers. Encourage them not to put their cell phone number or password anywhere online.


Review cell phone records for any unknown numbers or late night calls or texts made to your child’s phone. Cell phone providers may offer additional security measures. Contact your provider to learn about any additional protections that they offer.


Age should not determine when your child receives a cell phone; your and your child’s unique situation should. You should consider whether a cell phone is needed to communicate more easily with your child and that your child can use the phone responsibly. Make sure your child understands the rules that come with using a cell phone and the consequences for breaking those rules before they get a phone.



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