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University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County 4-H

Who We Are

4-H is a national organization for youth ages 5-18 to learn lifeskills through hands-on project-based work. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension conducts the most successful out-of-school educational program in Maine. As the youth development arm of UMaine Extension, 4-H has always emphasized the importance of building the life skills needed to be successful adults. Today, 4-H also is focused on science and technology to help foster interest in these areas as avenues to successful careers. 4-H makes science fun and exciting for everyone. 4-H in Cumberland County is one of the largest 4-H programs in Maine with 300+ youth, 80+ volunteers. We have two full time staff members to manage our year-round clubs, afterschool clubs, special interest activities, events, and outreach programs. Mitch Mason is our 4-H Extension Educator focused on expanding 4-H's reach into the underserved inner city areas of Portland along with state-wide responsibilities. Sara Conant is our 4-H Community Education Assistant focused on expanding 4-H's reach into the underserved Lakes Region area, volunteer coordination and management, event management, and the day to day administrative tasks of our office in Falmouth. Due to our low staff numbers we rely heavily on the help and expertise of our volunteers to make our programs run smoothly.

What We Do

The 4-H Program in Cumberland County is very vibrant and diverse in the programs offered. Community 4-H Clubs are our signature program. There are currently 25 community clubs and 3 afterschool clubs led primarily by volunteer club leaders, assistant leaders, and project leaders. We also offer numerous programs at local libraries, summer food sites, and host seven annual county-wide events.

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