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About 4-H in Ada County


Since 1910, University of Idaho Extension has had an established presence in Ada County. 4-H is a nonprofit organization implemented through each land-grant university and is the largest youth program in the United States, serving over 6 million youth each year. In Idaho, the 4-H Youth Development program is implemented through University of Idaho Extension. Ada County 4-H operates through a partnership between county, state and national levels:

  • Ada County Board of Commissioners
  • University of Idaho (Idaho’s land-grant university)
  • USDA/NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture)


The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning and a positive youth development approach. The mission mandates of 4-H focus on the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), civic engagement and healthy living.

The 4-H motto is “To make the best better” and the slogan is “Learn by doing.”

Our People and Organization

Kara Jenkins

4-H Program Coordinator

Kara coordinates the 4-H Youth Development program in Ada County. She focuses on building capacity in the 4-H program by recruiting, training, and supervising 4-H volunteer leaders and 4-H members. She works as a key member of the team to develop 4-H programming that meets the needs of Ada County youth.

Sendy Martinez

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Ada and Canyon counties


Sendy leads 4-H programming in both Ada & Canyon Counties to reach underserved audiences. She works to develop key partnerships with community partners in the Treasure Valley to engage many youth in positive developmental experiences.

Allen Taggart

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Allen leads the 4-H Youth Development program in Ada County. He focuses primarily on building community partnerships, strengthening the 4-H volunteer base and increasing funding for our 4-H programs. Allen works with community partners, adult volunteers and families to help more youth "make the best better."

Ada County 4-H Leader’s Association

All Ada County 4-H volunteers are enrolled as a member of our leader’s association. Our 4-H Leader’s Association meets the first Thursday of almost every month at 7pm at the Ada County UI Extension office. Our staff frequently provides volunteer development trainings before the meeting at 6 p.m. To maintain active 4-H volunteer status in Ada County, we ask our leaders to attend at least two meetings and two trainings throughout the year.

Ada County 4-H Endowment Board

Our endowment board focuses on awarding programmatic scholarships or equipment for 4-H youth to engage in programs that may be too costly. If you are in financial need or would like to donate to help support 4-H youth programs, please contact the UI Extension, Ada County office at 208-287-5900 or

4-H-FFA Junior Livestock Sale Committee

Every summer, our committee made up of volunteers directs the Junior Livestock Sale at Western Idaho Fair. If you are interested in helping support our 4-H youth by purchasing an animal for home or restaurant use, or would like to submit a smaller “add-on” amount of money onto a youth’s project without buying an animal, please contact the UI Extension, Ada County office at 208-287-5900 or


University of Idaho Extension, Ada County

Physical Address:
5880 Glenwood Street
Boise, ID 83714

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Phone: 208-287-5900



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