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4-H Youth Development

Head - Heart - Hands - Health

Overview & Mission

Washington County 4-H is one the largest youth organizations in the county working with 4,685 members in grades 4-12 enrolled. 4-H is a nationally recognized program offered in each state through the land grant universities. In our case, we are a part of The University of Tennessee Extension. Our local 4-H program is focusing on Workforce Preparation with our mission to offer educational programs for youth to better equip them with the skills necessary to make them productive citizens in the future. The 4-H program has made a tremendous impact on the youth of our nation for over 100 years and many here in our own community have benefited greatly from their participation in the 4-H program.  All 4-H projects and activities are based on a model to develop life skills in teamwork, achieving goals, responsibility, leadership, citizenship, communication, positive self-esteem, and ethical decision making, building relationships and making healthy lifestyle choices.  We offer a variety of 4-H programs to help youth learn and grow through hand-on learning.


Our 4-H program partners with Washington County Schools to deliver educational programming and projects that meet TN education standards and teach life skills. We also offer after school programs with both Washington County and Johnson City School systems and serve as guest speakers. Our programs help students learn how to set & achieve goals, enhance their communication/public speaking skills, experience STREAM activities, learn teamwork and many other skills.

For our high school youth a financial management enrichment program entitled “On My Own” is also offered.


Honor Club gives 6-12 grade youth the opportunity to build their citizenship and leadership skills. Students also have the opportunity to serve and get involved beyond the county level. All-Star Conferences, TN Congress, Roundup and Southern Region Teen Leadership Conference are just a few opportunities that our honor club youth can take advantage of to meet new people while enjoying fun trips.

4-H Roundup

Grace Kellner of Jonesborough/Sulphur Springs and Jaelyn Fleenor of Johnson City were recognized as State Level 1 (9th/10th grade) project winners at Tennessee 4-H Roundup held at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  Grace won in the nutrition, health and fitness project and Jaelyn in the photography project.  Both of these 4-H members received a specially crafted Horizon Award and $500 college scholarship.   We want to congratulate Miss Kellner and Miss Fleenor on their award and accomplishments.  Both young ladies had to submit a portfolio and a showcase in their project area, as well as, compete in interview competition.  Congratulations.

Grace Kellner  (photo with yellow gown) 
From left to right are Jamie Burney, UT Extension specialist; Desha Wilkins, Level II winner from Ooltewah; Amy Willis (silver bowl donor); Luke Anglin, Level II winner from Johnson City; Allen Jones, Level I winner from Greenbrier; Matt Fennel, Tennessee Farm Bureau Health Plans (donor); and Grace Kellner, Level I winner from Jonesborough. 
Jaelyn Flennor  (photo burgundy gown) 
From left to right are Jaelyn Fleenor, Level I winner from Johnson City; Tory Salvador, UTIA Marketing and Communications; and Hayden Wilson, Level II winner from Alamo.

Connie G Sharp Profile Page

Contact Information

Connie G Sharp
Ext Agent III
Phone: 423-753-1680

4-H Newsletters

March Newsletter: https://tiny.utk.edu/washcomarchnews