Work Ethic Certification

Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future is partnering with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, and WSU Tech to support the national expansion of a work ethic certification for high school students based on the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s work ethic curriculum.

This program, known as the MRW Work Ethic Certification, is an extension of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge and examines the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an industry-recognized certificate.

Ohio is one of the first 4-H programs to offer this opportunity to high school students in the nation! However, it didn’t start there. Since 2021, The Ohio State University ATI was among the first 20 colleges in the nation to offer the Work Ethic Certification, and the first in Ohio.

To learn more about the MRW Work Ethic Certification,

The MRW Work Ethic Certification focuses on the 12 statements of the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. Each statement has a story, and each story comes from Mike’s personal experience working with entrepreneurs and hardworking people across the country. Through this program, we break down the origin of each statement in 12 lessons and explore why we believe every student and worker can benefit from embracing this pledge, regardless of their job or skill set.

Washington County Interstate Exchange Club hosts 4-H teens from North Carolina

The Washington County Interstate Exchange members and advisors have been fundraising, organizing and planning to host 4-H teens from North Carolina.  The last week of June was filled with activities, tours, and fun as local 4-H members planned for the arrival of 4 teens and 2 advisors from Nash County North Carolina.  The group kicked off their week with a welcome picnic and backyard games.  The group then traveled to the Flight 93 memorial, Ziplining, Amish Country, Tullius Cattle Farm, and Jukebox Pizza.  Next the group enjoyed a tour of Sewah Studios, the Multicultural Genealogical Center, Old Man’s cave, historic Downtown Marietta and Blennerhasset Island.  Everyone had a blast and although the North Carolina group has returned home, this exchange could not be possible without the support of local businesses and individuals.  The interstate exchange is thankful for the generosity of those who donated local items for goodie bags, offered an extra treat when visiting their dining establishment, and those who gave educational tours of their businesses.  The club is excited to share these opportunities with other teens in the area looking to learn and travel the US to experience cultures in other states.  They would also like to thank Bridgeport Equipment and Tools, Heritage Country Store, Jeremiahs Coffee House, Jukebox Pizza, Sewah Studios, the Multi Cultural Genealogical Center and Florence Creamery for the support throughout the week.  A special thank you to all the 4-H families and members who hosted the group throughout the week and the Washington County Advisory Committee for their support.  If you would like to join the club and learn where they travel next please contact our office or Ellie Tullius, advisor.

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) Looking for New Members

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2023-24 year are now available and can be found on our website at! Please let any interested individual know so they may apply. Please note, because it is only a one year term, current TLC members who wish to continue their service must re-apply.

  • Applications and more information about the group can be found online at: Please note: applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation and program fees) are due by Friday, August 11, 2023. 
  • 😊 The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2023-August 31, 2024.

Regional Teen Leader Workshop – May 21

Join the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council on Sunday, May 21st for our first Regional Workshop! Held in Jackson County, teens from across the state will gather to learn more about leadership through interactive sessions and team building activities. Session topics will include leadership styles, public speaking, camp counseling, and more! Registration will close on Friday, May 12th. The link to register is: Grab a friend or come as a club, we can’t wait to see you there!

CARTEENS is Searching for Teen Members

The Washington County CARTEENS club is recruiting new members.  If you are a youth ages 14-18 years of age we would like to talk to you!  CARTEENS is a 4H club that uses teen presenters to teach their peers traffic safety.  The club meets once a month on the 2nd Wednesday.  Teen members earn community service hours, learn public speaking skills, and make new friendships.  Teens also gain traffic safety confidence while organizing fun, hands on activities during presentations.  CARTEENS members may belong to another 4H club or may be brand new to 4H!  Join us for our next CARTEENS meeting to observe and meet our current members.  Call 740-376-7431 to reserve your spot and talk with the advisor or current members for more details.

4-H Advisory Committee Seeking Teen Members

Are you a teen at least 14 years old and would like to put your leadership skills into practice? The Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee is looking for teens that would like to be youth representatives and serve a one year term.

The committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 at the Extension Office. 2021 meeting dates: Jan 5, March 2, May 4, June 1, Oct 5, Nov 4


Teamwork from Home – For Teens on February 19

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council would like to invite teens to join us during our statewide Teamwork from Home event on Friday, February 19! You can register here:

The first session will begin at 4:00pm with a break from 5:30pm-6:30pm. At 6:30pm, we will begin our second session. When you register, you can choose to join us for one or both sessions!

During these sessions you will have an opportunity to learn about older youth 4-H opportunities, meet others from around the state and country, and participate in several interactive activities! This program is being offered by the Teen Leadership Council committee who would traditionally be planning a luncheon during Ohio 4-H Conference. Since we aren’t meeting for our conference in-person, we are bringing the fun to you!


4-H College Scholarship Applications Due – March 1

Washington County 4-H College Scholarship for 2021!!

Scholarship Guidelines:

  1. Applicants must have been enrolled and in good standing (completed projects) in Washington County 4-H Program at least three years.
  2. Applicants must attach a letter of acceptance (if available) from the college you are planning to attend Fall 2021. Can be any accredited associates or bachelors program.
  3. Applicants must be a high school senior or college freshman at the time of application.
  4. Include a current photo with the application. (Senior picture preferred)
  5. The Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee will award two $500 college scholarships.
  6. Scholarships are not renewable and will be a one-time recipient.
  7. Awardees will be notified by April 1st.

Application: 2021 College Scholarship Application