University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Afterschool 4-H Programming Available Through UVM Extension and AmeriCorps

Middlebury--University of Vermont Extension (UVM) recently hired Whitney Emke to conduct afterschool enrichment programs in Addison, southern Chittenden and northern Rutland Counties.

Emke, who is with the Vermont Youth Development Corps AmeriCorps State Program, is based at the Middlebury Extension Office on Pond Lane. As the 4-H Afterschool Programs Coordinator, she will provide programs on science, technology, reading, nutrition and healthy living that are designed to teach kids collaboration, decision-making, critical thinking and other life skills.

Programming typically is offered once a week in six to eight-week cycles for age-appropriate groups of about eight to 10 students.  Schools or youth organizations requesting programs are responsible for the cost of supplies, which vary based on the programming.  

Available programs include Digital Photography; Environmental Education; Food, Fun, and Reading;  Food, Culture, and Reading; 4-H Energy Education; 4-H Super Science; Intro to Simple Machines; Junior Chefs; Junk Drawer Robotics; LEGO Robotics and Video Learning. 

A Randolph, New York, native, Emke graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a bachelors of arts degree in English with a minor in journalism/mass communications. Before accepting the position with UVM Extension, she was a youth counselor at a residential treatment center for at-risk youth. Her 10-month term ends Aug. 3, 2013. 

For in-depth program descriptions or to request a program for your school, please contact Whitney Emke at (802) 388-4969, ext. 348, or email To inquire about in-school and afterschool programs in other parts of the state, call the UVM Extension State 4-H Office at (802) 656-5433 or (800) 571-0668.