University of Maryland Extension

4-H & Youth


Dear 4-H families

I hope this finds you all well and safe. It is a very hard time, but we will work together to help ourselves and others in need. We are in this together. Different experiences teach us different skills and coping mechanisms we learn from each other and help each other mentally and in spirit.

I don’t know if you all get Washington Post in person or via email; however, I want to bring this to your attention. The current post (Tuesday 4/14) had good articles on the KIDSPOST and PARENTING section that could be useful ideas and activities for youth and parents. I hope you take time to check it out.

I understand that these days you are bombarded with so many ideas, and sometimes that makes it difficult to make a decision, however, as parents we have the responsibility to choose what is best and important for our family.

The 4-H staff thank you very much for all you do for your families and for helping all 4-H members in Montgomery County to do the best!

Stay Safe!
Stay Healthy!


Maryland 4-H Family,

The Nurturing Social Empowerment and Resilience Team will be releasing weekly on Mondays an article document called "You Matter".

Designed to bring you tips, techniques, and positive messaging to support self-care. It is very important during the day to make small efforts to check in with yourself and work to meet your own needs. It's not selfish, it's self-care!

We want our 4-H team and our community to stay strong, empowered and resilient during these times, and self-care is a big part of that success.

Attached as a PDF and image file of the document you can share with your       4-H Families. These articles will also be housed on the Learning from Home link on our state website ( a direct link to the first article is

If you have any suggestions or need help, please let any of us know.

Make the time! Because You Matter!

Sincerely the Nurturing Social Empowerment and REsilience Team,
Amy Rhodes, Amanda Wahle, Dwayne Murphy, Ann Sherrad, Vernelle Hawkins, Snatana Mays, Christine Allred

You Matter Articles


Children and Stress during COVID 19

Healthy & Feeling Good


4-H'ers in Montgomery County are leading a movement for positive change in every community in America, including right here in Montgomery County, MD!

If you are a Montgomery County 4-H'er looking to sign up for an activity, event, or program, click here.



4-H is a nation-wide hands-on youth development program, the largest in the United States with over 6.5 million members. Our purpose is to provide a supportive setting for all girls and boys to mature into competent, caring, and responsible people through volunteerism and the learning of valuable life skills. 4-H also provides many opportunities for young people to take on leadership roles. At its most basic level, 4-H is about belonging to one or more 4-H clubs and pursuing the projects and interests that you love, all while serving the community.

4-H’ers join clubs and pursue projects and interests of their own choosing in areas like:

  • Art and music
  • Science and technology
  • Animals and agriculture
  • Communications
  • Healthy living
  • History and heritage
  • Citizenship
  • Community action and volunteering

4-H’ers also participate in the 4-H program in ways beyond their clubs. We have:

Become a 4-H member and join our Revolution! 

See a list of our clubs in Montgomery County

If you would like to become a 4-H volunteer, click here

To find out more about 4-H, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and see our video below:


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