University of Maryland Extension

4-H & Youth

Dear 4-H Club Leaders,
In the past  few months, the Cluster team has been working on video resources  for each club officer's responsibilities.
The goal is to help 4-H leaders and  4-H youth to acquire the  understanding and  the skills  to lead their club meeting effectively.
The cluster put lots of time into making the video very manageable and interactive resources for better understanding  the roles of the officers. 
It is a guide that can be used by all new or existing club officers as you start your 2021 club meetings. 
This video document also complements the state 4-H officer handbook you received from the Montgomery County 4-H Office in the past year.
We ask 4-H leaders to use this as a guide, and also pass it on to your 4-H families.  
Here is the link to the officer training:  
Thank you for all you do.


National 4-H Conference is one of the five national leadership events that Maryland 4-H is proud to support through the selection and participation of senior 4-H members. This event is held at the National 4-H Conference Center in the spring each year and provides youth the opportunity to:

  • become an advocate for a youth related “round table” topic,
  • work with college students serving as “round table” facilitators, and
  • represent the Maryland 4-H Program in a presentation to a federal partner and with Maryland’s Congress Representatives and Senators.

The Maryland 4-H Program is currently accepting applications for the 2021 National 4-H Conference.

All national trips and in-person events are subject to change based on health, safety and/or travel restrictions from UMD, AGNR, UME or the 4-H Program.

Information about these trips and the Portfolio Process used to select delegates is available on the website at:

Members must be 14 as of January 1st 2021 to apply which requires the creation of a portfolio package including a 4-H resume and essay. Individuals will also be interviewed as a part of this process on the 2nd Sunday in November.

Interview format (virtual or in-person) will depend on the health and safety restrictions at that time.

Portfolio packages must be reviewed, approved and submitted by your local 4-H Educator.

The deadline for the 2021 Leadership Trip is October 15th. 4-H Educators may set an earlier deadline for their jurisdiction.

Please share with your families.

Thank you,

Alganesh Piechocinski, CFLE



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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