" The Washington County 4-H Association is responsible for all 4-H clubs, affiliates, projects, school programs or other community groups operating in Washington County Oregon that are engaged in 4-H activities, using the 4-H names or emblem or using the Washington County 4-H Associations name or employer identification number ("4-H affiliates"). " There are more than 6 million 4-H members nationwide, and thousands of young people participate in Oregon 4-H each year. Through 4-H, young people learn and grow in partnership with caring adults to develop the skills and confidence needed to become contributing, productive, self-directed members of society. Because 4-H uses an active, learn-by-doing approach, young people see how their actions make a difference in the lives of others and the world around them. 4-H is also the only nationwide youth organization administered through land-grant universities. In Oregon, 4-H is affiliated with Oregon State University. At the local level, OSU faculty members who live or work in the community they serve provide leadership and oversight of 4-H. These faculty members have extensive training in youth development principles and also are in touch with the needs of the community’s young people. Volunteers who work with 4-H are invited to do so only after they undergo extensive background checks. They must also participate in training that includes topics such as club organization, risk management, and working with youth. At the national level, 4-H is administered through a special office of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
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