Maryland 4-H is the University of Maryland's youth development program and is part of the national 4-H system. All states across the U.S. offer 4-H educational programs. All youth of ages 5 through 18 as of January 1 of the current year are welcome to participate in 4-H programs.
Adult volunteers are welcome! Let us know your interests and we'll help you get to work helping young people learn new project information and develop skills for success in life. We can also help you start your own club if none of our current club project offerings matches your family's interests.
4-H offers a variety of project areas for youth to explore. Talbot 4-H supports three National Mission Mandates featuring projects in areas of science, healthy living, and civic engagement. Talbot 4-H faculty, staff, and volunteers plan and lead learning activities related to 4-H projects.
4-H teaches youth through hands-on “learn by doing” activities that encourage children and teens to experiment, innovate, and think independently. Youth use their HEADS to learn and develop life skills, their HEARTS to support and encourage others in their 4-H clubs, their HANDS to carry out a wide variety of community service projects, and their HEALTH to improve the quality of life for themselves and others.
Through participation in the program, youth learn project-related knowledge and develop skills for success in life. The Hendricks Life Skills Wheel shown above contains examples of life skills associated with each H: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
National studies have documented that 4-H members often do better in school, are more motivated to help others, have confidence to try new things, develop self-esteem, and create lasting friendships. 4-H can be a fun, educational experience for your entire family.
BAAM, Inc. is an after school tutoring program for African American males in grades 1-5 from Easton Elementary School who are at risk for failure. We aim to recognize and address socioeconomic barriers that inhibit their ability to learn effectively and provide academic enrichment in a safe, caring, and structured environment.
BAAM Athletic Center is located at 31 Jowite Street, Easton, MD 21601.
Character Counts Mid Shore, Inc. is a citizen-driven youth development nonprofit organization with proven, research-based program outcomes,* including increased academic achievement, decreased rates of poor behavior, and lowered rates of chronic school absenteeism. Our mission is to develop positive character in all aspects of students’ lives in order to prepare youth for productive futures and invest in the ongoing vitality of our local communities.
Six Pillars of Character - Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Character Counts Everywhere, All the Time! That is the message of the National Character Counts Coalition of which we have been a member since 1996.
Character development doesn't end at the schoolhouse door. Young people aren't going to buy into a philosophy if they don't see adults demonstrating it in their daily lives. To that end, Character Counts Mid Shore makes available a variety of strategies that can help adults come to terms with the important position of "Role Model".
Staff Trainings: Whether for school teachers and administrators or business executives, Character Counts in the workplace too.
Community Partnerships: Character Counts Mid Shore fosters relationships between the businesses, schools, service organizations and youth activities. Businesses have formed the backbone of our Winners Walk Tall Program by providing dozens and dozens of volunteer coaches. Businesses and Foundations have also gone to bat for Character Counts, assisting with the purchase of Character Counts resources for students, sponsoring activities and providing services at no cost.
Mission: By coordinating services and informational programs, The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC) empowers people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of our community. Through education, we strive to breakdown cultural barriers that arise from differences in language, appearance or ethnic traditions.
ChesMRC provides information and referrals for:
- Legal Services
- Immigration Services
- Health Services
- Translation Services
- English Classes
- Family Support
- Driver's License
- Citizenship Classes
- School Enrollment
- Youth Development
- Afterschool Program for grades 1-5
- High School Afterschool Program
- Cub Scouts
- Girl Scouts
- Health Education & Outreach
Since it’s inception in 2012, ChesMRC has provided services to more than 4,000 non-English speakers in Talbot and surrounding counties, involving over 6,500 separate requests for information and referral. No other organization is addressing this need.
Trainers are available to do the training during regular business hours, evenings and weekends.
Empower Me is a child abuse prevention program that teaches safety skills to children ages 3-12. There is also a training available for adults to educate them about the Empower Me program.
About the program:
Empower Me teaches us that -
• All kids are special and deserve to be safe
• Most grown-ups want kids to grow up to be healthy, happy, safe and strong
• Empower Me does NOT teach stranger danger because children and teens are much more likely to be victimized by someone they know
• More than 90% of abductors/abusers are known to the child
Instead we teach children that if any person tries to make us break our safety rules OR any person who gives us the uh-oh feeling— we tell one of our five trusted adults.
The Foundation of HOPE, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization was established to help women and young girls. The first program launched under the foundation was the Economic Development and Empowerment Program for girls. The program serves girls in sixth-grade attending Middle School. The goal is to teach them to be viable contributors to the future workforce. The program covers topics including addressing low self-esteem, bullying, social media, workforce development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and more.
We believe children are our future, and we must prepare them early to be great future leaders.
Talbot Family Network concentrates on prevention and early intervention services to children, youth and families in Talbot County. Tasks include planning, developing and monitoring family-oriented, community-based programs that are culturally relevant. To prevent fragmented and duplicated services in the county, Talbot Family Network serves as the coordinating body for community-level grants and initiatives.
Collaborating with Talbot Family Network, a number of community task forces develop long-range plans based on proven or innovative strategies as well as on previously collected local, regional, state and national data. These efforts focus on two outcomes: Children are Safe in their Homes and Community and Children Enter School Ready to Learn.
The mission of Talbot Mentors is to work to ensure that all young people in Talbot County have the opportunity to mature into engaged and productive members of their communities. Through consistent support, guidance, coaching and role modeling, our volunteer mentors will strive to instill values and standards, and help these young people prepare for success in their personal and professional lives.
Talbot Mentors will achieve this mission by fostering partnerships to support and expand the power of one-on-one mentoring. We will also actively engage in other programs designed to help these young people achieve their full potential in the challenges and opportunities of adolescence through friendship, guidance, and education.
Tilghman Area Youth Association is a local organization striving to unite families and communities. We promote health, wellness and kindness. It incorporates the Tilghman After School Kids Program (TASK). Additionally, TAYA provides enrichment for our “tweens” and teens and the goal is to connect our children to family and community. TAYA also sponsors summer camps for grades K-6, involving grades 7-12 as assistants. The camp is held each summer, generally in July, at the local elementary school.
We are a local service to residents of Talbot County who are looking for educational programs in many topics that relate to agriculture, the Chesapeake Bay, youth programs, gardening, nutrition, health, the environment, and more....
University of Maryland Extension - Talbot County has a mission of “Solutions In Your Community.” We achieve this mission by providing citizens with consultations, fact sheets, community 4-H clubs and programs for youth, workshops, courses, and newsletters.
Our mission is to educate citizens and help them learn to apply practical, research-based knowledge to issues facing individuals, families, communities, the state, and the world. County Extension offices are located in each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City.