The Homeschool 4-H Club will have its organizational meeting for the 2014-2015 4-H year on Thursday, September 4th, at 1:30 p.m. in the 4-H Office at 752 Old Knoxville Highway, adjacent to the Sevier County Fairgrounds. The Homeschool 4-H Club is open to any Homeschool or Private School students in grades four through twelve, residing in Sevier County. Following this organizational meeting, the Homeschool Club will meet the first Thursday of each month.
In-school 4-H clubs will begin with organizational meetings scheduled during the month of October. Every fourth through twelfth grade student in the Sevier County School System will have the opportunity to join a 4-H club at their local school. Announcements regarding the 4-H meetings will be made at each school. 4-H is offered to all 4th to 12th grade young people in Sevier County regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
4-H is the youth organization of the United States Department of Agriculture and The University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H encourages youth to develop their unique skills and talents to the fullest potential. 4-H members “Learn by Doing”, through hands-on activities and community involvement, that empowers youth to develop and strengthen life skills. 4-H educational efforts target ten basic life skills that have been identified as essential for adult success. Targeted life skills include: achieving goals, building relationships, communicating, ethical decision making, healthy lifestyle choices, leadership, positive self-esteem, responsible citizenship, responsibility and teamwork.
Currently there are over 4,000 4-H members in Sevier County in 180 organized clubs. Each of these clubs has a set of five officers that provide leadership to their individual club. Through the club activities and individual project work emphasis is placed on community citizenship involvement along with the development of leadership and public speaking skills. There are a multitude of learning experiences offered throughout the year. These include: speech, poster, essay, baking and photography contest; 4-H project work; hands-on workshops for each event; craft workshops; pet show, exhibiting livestock; summer workshops and several different camp experiences. There are no fees to join 4-H in Sevier County.