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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.


Project groups, camps, activities and events give youth the opportunity to develop life skills while building knowledge in a specific area of interest. 4-H boasts 26 different project areas for youth to learn and grow.  Information and project activity sheets can be found at the State 4-H website.

Contact: Connie Goff Sharp

Contact Information

Connie G Sharp Profile Page

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

4-H Pledge

I pledge my Head to clearer thinking,

my Heart to greater loyalty,

my Hands to larger service,

and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.