4-H & Youth Development


The University of Wisconsin Madison Division of Extension programs in 4-H and Youth Development give young people opportunities to learn new skills, gain self-confidence and contribute to their communities. Backed by the knowledge and research base of the University of Wisconsin, 4-H and Community Youth Development educators design educational, leadership and citizenship experiences for youth. These programs also build the community capacity to address needs and issues that affect youth through Extension’s partnerships, coalitions, and community education roles.


Kate Wallner & Joy Schelble serve Ashland County as Youth Development Educators

To learn more about
4-H Youth Development Programming
and the role Extension plays in Ashland County,
send Kate an email! kate.wallner@wisc.edu


JoySchelble 2015
To learn more about
FRTEP Youth Development Programming
and the role Extension plays in Ashland County,
send Joy an email! joy.schelble@wisc.edu


Our Youth Development Educators build partnerships with tribal communities, schools, churches, youth-serving agencies and community groups to sponsor quality youth development programs throughout the county. The focus of these programs is building strong character and future leaders.

Our programs help youth to:

  • Develop and test practical living skills in a safe and supportive “real world” environment.
  • Become actively engaged in their communities and better informed about local issues.
  • Prepare for the world of work through direct experience with projects and activities that correspond to future career opportunities.
  • Experience success in a non-formal learning environment.
  • Develop communication and problem-solving skills through public presentation and group work