4-H and Youth Development

4h the power of youth4-H is known as a family organization because it takes the whole family to help mold our young people into conscientious citizens.

4-H programs are planned to help develop life skills in citizenship and leadership.

The 4-H goal is to help young people become motivated, productive and contributing members of society as they “learn by doing.” Thousands of dedicated adult volunteers make achievement of these goals possible. The volunteers contribute their time, talents, and resources to maintain and expand the 4-H program.

El Paso County is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteer adult leaders. Because of them, our young people are outstanding and we are proud of their accomplishments. The future of our community, state, and nation is in good hands.

You too can join the ranks of 4-H volunteers and members in El Paso County “To Make The Best Better”.

Get Involved

If you call the Extension office, we can tell you when the next meeting is and you can fill out an enrollment form. Once enrolled you will be placed in one of four age divisions:

  • Clover Kids, 7 to 8 years of age
  • Juniors, 9 to 11 years of age
  • Intermediates, 12 to 13 years of age
  • Seniors, 14 to 19 years of age


2020 Summer Virtual Programs

Ag Discovery (#Virtualscovery) is a two-week residential summer  enrichment program targeting 9th – 12th grade students from across the United States interested in
the agricultural and related sciences. The program will be held June 15 – June 26 , 2020. (Camp is full). For more information for next  year, please contact                  Jaki Sanders at jssanders@pvamu.edu or 936-261-2515 or at tabrom-johnson@pvamu.edu; 936-261-2509.


The Research Extension Apprenticeship Program is a two week virtual research program designed to provide rising high school juniors and seniors with meaningful hands on experiences and  insight related to research, education and careers in the Food and Agricultural Sciences The program will be held July 6th-July 17th 2020 virtually. Deadline to apply is June 26th at 12:00pm. For more information, please contact Jaki Sanders at 281-770-4407; jssanders@pvamu.edu


The 2020 Youth Lab will be a virtual education summer program for underserved teens entering 8th-10th grade. The camp will be held July 14 – 16, 2020 virtually.
The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020. Contact Cynthia Pierfax at cmpierfax@pvamu.edu or by calling 936-261-5028


Jr. Youth Lab (Jr.YLL) will be a virtual education summer program for under-served youth entering the 6th-8th grades. The camp will be held July 20 – 22nd, 2020 virtually.
To apply, you must contact the 4-H Cooperative Extension Agent in your county. The deadline to apply is July 30th, 2020. Contact Cynthia Pierfax at cmpierfax@pvamu.edu; 936-261-5028

Program flyer

Essential Elements

Purpose: To help volunteers and professionals that work with youth understand the importance of positive development. The training will engage youth development professionals in building the capacity of volunteers and promote the Essential Elements in 4-H programs.

DATE: June 23rd and June 24th, 2020

LOCATION: Zoom Online

TIME: 12:00-2:30 MST

Essential Elements Volunteer Flyer



Youth Lab  Scholarship Application

The San Antonio Livestock Exposition will award 120 $500.00 scholarships to attend Youth Lab, a pre-college outreach  summer virtual program.




PVAMU 4-H Operation College Access

We are excited to announce that registration for PVAMU 4-H Operation College Access is live. The link to registration is on the attached flyer, as well as below.

Is a refresher on the program, youth will have the opportunity to learn how to maximize their college years by:

  1. Identifying factors that impact learning and apply techniques and strategies to achieve personal, financial, academic, and career choices.
  2. Develop an educational and career plan. Become knowledgeable of campus resources, learn strategies on building meaningful relationships, communicating effectively, and managing time.
  3. Demonstrate comprehension in the areas of Title IV funding, scholarship, estimated/direct cost of attendance, and budgeting basics.

PVAMU 4-H Operation College Access Registration Link



STEM Mentor Program

Looking for motivated kids who are passionate about STEM! This STEM experience does not just encompass robotics. We are looking for children (13+) who enjoys science! Application Deadline is May 29th, 2020

Flyer and application link: https://agrilife.org/bexarcounty/files/2020/05/Game-Changer-20-21.pdf



·         Volunteer sign up for PV 4-H with Athletes for Computer Science

·         PVAMU4-HwithAFCS

·         Youth sign up for PV 4-H with Athletes for Computer Science

·         ttps://bit.ly/PVAMU4H



Contact: Madelynne Cera

Extension Agent-4-H and Youth Development

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Ascarate Annex
301 Manny Martinez
El Paso, TX 79905
Ph: (915) 771-2354
Fx: (915) 771-2356

E-mail:  madelynne.cera@ag.tamu.edu


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