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Preparing Youth for Success

In Ohio 4-H, we empower youth with the skills they need to lead for a lifetime! 4-H inspires curiosity, builds lifelong skills, fuels adventure, and grows leaders through fun, hands-on activities, that include clubs, projects, service, and camps. Kids can be a 4-H project member when they are 8 and in the third grade, and they can participate in competitive events like projects and judging at county fairs. 4-H project members select from 200+ projects based on their interest—what we call sparks in 4-H. 

Younger children age 5 and in kindergarten are Cloverbuds who enjoy group-centered, non-competitive activities until they are eligible to be a project member. All 4-H members engage in hands-on learning in clubs, camps, and other settings with approved adult volunteers. 4-H volunteers are critical to the success of the 4-H program and undergo a thorough selection process. 

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the 4-H program and/or would like to talk more about becoming a 4-H volunteer, contact us today! 

You also can learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at

Call the Lake County Extension office at 440-853-2632 for more information or to find a club in your area.

Lisa Manning MSSA, LISW-S is a Licensed Independent Social Worker through the State of Ohio (LISW-S) with an undergraduate degree from Kent State University and a Master of Science Degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Manning has almost 30 years’ experience working with children and families for programs in Lake, Cuyahoga, and Geauga County. Her areas of experience consist of county children services work, a therapist and supervisor in residential treatment programs with emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth, administration and supervision of community early childhood programming, parenting classes, and clinical practice in private and not for profit agencies providing assessments, individual, group and family counseling with children youth and families with diverse issues and backgrounds. Lisa also had been a Guardian ad Litem in the Domestic Relations court. She currently is working as the 4-H Educator for the Ohio State University Extension office in Lake County. Lisa oversees the 4-H youth and volunteers, she is the Camp Director for the Lake County overnight camp at Camp Whitewood, she is a fair board  liaison for 4-H and she co–authored the annual Child  Abuse and Neglect Recognition Policy 1.50 training for OSU volunteers working with youth in OSU programs such as 4-H. She was a co-author of the Successful Co-Parenting curriculum and the Peacefully Parenting program. Her primary focus is Healthy Families with her specialization in parenting and family/parenting issues, health finances, family wellness, trauma informed care and youth development. Lisa is a certified Parent Project Facilitator, Trauma Informed care trainer and Camp Counselor Trainer/Director. Lisa is also the Extension Educator for the Lake County Family Consumer Science Program.

Lisa can be reached at 440-853-2632, or by email at

Special Needs Accommodations

Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan. Visit for more information and to download the request form.

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