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Preparing Youth for Success

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects - anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

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

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