Welcome to 4-H CAPITAL
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.
Course examples include:
- Urban Animal Science
- Junior Master Gardener
- Wild in the City
- Sports Fishing
- Hands on Science
- Solar Power Up!
- Food Science
Click here to view all classes offered and their descriptions.
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 school year 2010 – 2011, thirty AmeriCorps members taught in our after school programs. For more information about AmeriCorps projects in Texas click here.
- 4-H CAPITAL 5th graders scored, on average, 3.5% higher on their Science TAKS scores than their peers in 2011
- 4-H CAPITAL 5th graders scored, on average, 11% higher on their Reading TAKS scores than their peers in 2011.
- Students enrolled in 4-H CAPITAL had, on average, 6 % fewer suspensions from school than their peers.
- Annually, 4-H CAPITAL serves 1800 students in their after school programs.
- 4-H CAPITAL serves 30 different school campuses in AISD and Del Valle ISD.
- 4-H CAPITAL will be celebrating their 20 year anniversary next year.
Educational programs conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
The Texas A&M University System, the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the County Commissioners’ Court 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.