In School Clubs

Tennessee is lucky to be one of the few states that welcome 4-H clubs within the school day. This partnership works because 4-H Extension Agents across the state work hard to develop meaningful, exciting, standard-aligned lessons for in-school clubs. Cumberland County 4-H Clubs are offered during the school day to students at no cost.

In-school 4-H clubs meet for 45-60 minutes, once a month. Clubs typically run from September through April. Ideally, we would schedule in-school clubs where the 4-H Agent would be able to work with multiple clubs (classes) in a row. A teacher or volunteer leader is needed during the club meetings to assist the 4-H Agent with class management.

While the content and lessons delivered are continually changing, Cumberland County 4-H clubs all have several aspects in common. All clubs engage in activities in order to build the youths’ capacities for compassion, leadership and workforce prep.

Cumberland County 4-H clubs participate in several county, regional, and state 4-H competitions each year. 4-H programming is guided by an experiential learning process that includes goal setting, cognition, practice, and performance. The performance stage is when members demonstrate what they have learned through various 4-H activities and events, including competitions. School-based 4-H clubs compete in the Poster Art, Public Speaking, and Interactive Exhibit projects. Opportunities for other competitions, as well as local judging teams, project groups, and camps, will be shared with youth throughout the year.

Since we have a small 4-H team, our availability to lead clubs fills up quickly. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to contact us early regarding your interest in working together to make 4-H a reality at your school.

Special Interest Programs

On My Own – An interactive financial simulation designed for youth ages 13-18. During the simulation, students become the major income provider for their household which may include a spouse and/or children. Using a hypothetical occupation and income, students work through a month of expenses including housing, utilities, transportation, insurance, food, child care, clothing, entertainment and other expenses resulting from unexpected events.

Jerk/Jerkette – This program teaches how to pace the development of a relationship in a healthy way so that the love is blind syndrome is avoided, and five areas to get to know about a partner that accurately predicts what they will be like in a long-term relationship.

Contact the Cumberland County Extension Office for more information!