The Jackson County 4-H Program continues to offer quality educational programs for the youth of Jackson County.
4-H is the youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H members can select from many activities in 82 project areas ranging from animal and crop related projects to foods and nutrition to shooting sports. Adult leaders, trained by county Extension agents along with state Extension specialists and leaders, teach projects to 4-H members using the “learn-by-doing” method. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship, and skills children use throughout their lives. Each year Arkansas 4-H youth receive more than $80,000 in college scholarships at the state level for their 4-H work. The mission of 4-H is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self directing, productive, and contributing members of society. There are currently 2 active 4-H clubs in Jackson County, the Lucky Charms and the Jackson County 4-H Shooting Sports Club. We are also currently in the process of organizing a club in Swifton. These clubs are open to all youth in Jackson County between the ages of 5 and 19. Anyone interested in participating in these clubs or in starting a new club is asked to contact Sarah Metzger or Randy Chlapecka at the Jackson County Extension Office. Our telephone number is 870-523-7450. Sarah’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and Randy’s is rchlapecka @uaex.edu. This activity is open to all interested persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.