Established in 1992, 4-H CAPITAL began as a 5 year USDA grant and later was adopted by Travis County in 1997, the program received its first AmeriCorps grant in 2003; since then, AmeriCorps funding has continuously renewed annually. 4-H CAPITAL is a Travis County AgriLife Extension Program, a joint educational entitiy ofthe Travis County HHS/VS and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension services. With the support of the AmeriCorps volunteers we have strived to “Make the Best Better” and “Get Things Done” in afterschool programming throughout Title I schools in the Austin and Del Valle Independent School Districts.
In the years that we have been in service, we have provided countless interactions and science programming in the Travis County Area. Currently, we are at 22 AISD/DVISD schools and inspire youth to develop into inquiring scientists, citizens of character, partners in service and engaget community members through our project based learning expereineces. Our 4-H Science Clubs are based in the following curricula areas: Animal Science, Engineering & Technology, Garden Science, and Natural Resources. These lessons are designed to incease Science Capital, School Engagement, and Education Aspiration.