Hanover County, Virginia, is an affluent region with a wide variety of academic, recreational, and social opportunities for young people. But even in this area, some youths fall between the cracks due to a lack of transportation, low income, unstable housing, language barriers, or inadequate adult supervision at home.
In collaboration with the Henrico Community Services Board, Hanover County 4-H has developed an after-school program for at-risk children ages 7 through 12 to receive academic support, character development opportunities, and daily physical activity in a supervised environment.
Participants are exposed to a variety of engaging activities and opportunities to develop life skills they would be unlikely to experience otherwise. The program provides daily programming, and 4-H plays a large role through activity development and planning. Programs such as 4-H maker activities, 4-H camp, and a visit to Virginia State University have proven to be student favorites.