University of Wisconsin-Extension is a unique partnership of counties, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Wisconsin working together to help people put knowledge to work. It reflects the vision that has become known as The Wisconsin Idea.
This partnership brings education to people where they live, through Extension offices, in each of Wisconsin’s counties. It supports educational programs for farmers, businesses, communities, families and young people.
4-H is the Youth Development program of University of Wisconsin-Extension. Dane County youth and adults learn together to think clearly and make decisions, to care about others, to develop skills for living, and to practice healthy lifestyles. Education happens through 4-H projects, group programs, fun activities, and in-depth learning experiences. 4-H youth and adult volunteers work to improve their individual lives and communities in which they live. Your 4-H Youth Development Staff supports the Dane County 4-H program through:
- Program planning, teaching and evaluation
- The development of effective 4-H units, committees, boards and advisory groups
- Volunteer leadership development
- The adaptation of 4-H programs to meet the individual needs of families and communities
- The development of partnerships with other youth-serving agencies and organizations
Dane County 4-H Youth Development programs include:
- Dane County 4-H Community Clubs
- Dane County Youth Governance Program
- By Youth For Youth (a partnership with United Way and City of Madison Community Development)