4-H CAPITAL inspires youth to develop into inquiring scientists, citizens of character, partners in service, and engaged community members through participation in project-based learning experiences and collaborative community involvement.
4-H CAPITAL began in 1992 as a 5-year USDA grant. Adopted by Travis County in 1997, the program received its first AmeriCorps grant in 2003; since then, AmeriCorps funding has been continuously renewed annually. With the support of AmeriCorps volunteers, 4-H CAPITAL has grown from one school to 30, totaling more than 25,000 contact hours annually with Travis County youth.
What We Do
4-H CAPITAL provides high quality after-school enrichment programs that focus on science, engineering and technology. We provide hands-on learning experiences that not only help youth become successful adults but also reduce risk-taking behaviors that inhibit success. By establishing positive relationships with the youth we serve, 4-H CAPITAL allows our 4-H Club members to acquire science and inquiry-based knowledge and skills, build character, and develop life skills in a fun learning environment that will enable them to become self-directing, productive members of society.
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Who We Are
Our afterschool instructors are professionals trained not only in their subject area, but in classroom instruction and youth development. We also have 4-H CAPITAL AmeriCorps members teaching in our programs. Since 2003, AmeriCorps members have been “getting things done” in 4-H CAPITAL. During the 2014-2015 school year , 29 AmeriCorps members teach in our afterschool programs at 39 school sites. For more information about AmeriCorps projects in Texas click here.
What We Measure
4-H CAPITAL seeks to improve academic engagement of the students who attend 4-H afterschool programs by increasing:
- Interest in learning
- Relationship with peers
- Connection between school and future
- Persistence in solving problems
- Active participation
- Appreciation of science
- Confidence in learning science
- Interest in pursuing science careers
Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.
Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County at 512-854-9600 ten working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.