Virginia Cooperative Extension is the outreach and education arm of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Our people are our strength. Our impact rests on their search for knowledge, and the lengths they’ll go to share it.
Extension’s presence branches out across Virginia in the form of 108 local offices, 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers, two departmental research Centers, six 4-H educational centers, and our two state campuses in Blacksburg and Petersburg. In these places, you’ll find Extension specialists – researchers on the hunt for insights in subjects related to Extension’s breadth of work, including agriculture, natural resources, food and health, lawn and garden, and family development. You’ll find Extension agents constantly moving within their counties to train and bring the latest research to local people and businesses. And you’ll find local volunteers putting in the hours to master their passions and serve their communities.
With your support, we can equip the people of the commonwealth with the knowledge, skills, and personal and social empowerment to thrive in the face of issues that affect their daily lives.
4-H: Help grow Virginia’s next generation of leaders
Virginia Cooperative Extension’s positive youth development program, Virginia 4-H, brings core Extension concepts like life skills development to young people. As mentors, 4-H agents and volunteers help youth find their voice, their strengths, and the pursuits that fulfill them.
In local clubs, camps, and projects, as well as statewide events and activities, 4-H’ers of all ages, explore their interests in wide-ranging fields like animal science, robotics, forestry and the outdoors, health and nutrition, and the arts. While they learn what they love to do, 4-H’ers develop formative life skills along the way: leadership, teamwork, empathy, and much more.
Participation in 4-H youth programs topped out at more than 217,000 people between 2017 and 2018 – that’s because 4-H opportunities abound. At 4-H summer camps each year, children play, learn and interact – and in coming together, access perspectives different than their own. Public speaking contests and club demonstrations help 4-H’ers more confidently engage their peers. As they participate in and lead clubs, 4-H teens looking ahead at their careers can better gauge the skills they need to succeed. Service activities have taken Virginia 4-H’ers many miles from home: after a Category 4 hurricane razed Rockport, Texas, in 2018, 4-H teens from Halifax and 4-H agent Sonya Furgurson made a two-day bus journey down to help with crisis clean-up.
How you can help
By supporting the Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H on Giving Day, you can help us further invest in our people, research, technological resources, and outreach efforts.
You might have lifelong ties to Extension – in home canning or financial management classes at your local office, multi-generational family membership in 4-H clubs, or certification as a Master Gardener. Or you may have just discovered us and our evolving work. Whatever your connection, your continued or first-time support can help make Extension a more powerful and easily-accessible resource for Virginia communities and families.