4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H youth programs provide opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life. Iowa 4-H builds upon a century of experience as it fosters positive youth development that is based on the needs and strengths of youth, their families and communities.
Webster County 4-H has 14 clubs located around the county with numerous project areas. Learn more about topics ranging from aerospace, dogs, rabbits, photography, technology, horses and clothing, to name a few. 4-H’ers can attend camps, go on trips and attend conferences on the Iowa State University campus.
Athletics for Education and Success (AFES) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to help the youth and families of Fort Dodge and Webster County by providing hope and motivation for them. We aim to do this by any means necessary, giving the youth and parents the power to decide what they need, want and what may help them be successful. We offer our youth after-school programs, sports teams, mentoring groups, drum line groups, educational and cultural opportunities and much more. In addition to providing exceptional programming, we provide our youth with a sense of belonging and the determination to succeed.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Scouting focuses on character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, family understanding, respectful relationships, personal achievement, friendly service, fun and adventure and it also prepares boys for being a contributing member of his community.
Character Counts in Fort Dodge provides youth with opportunities to develop important character values and leadership skills. The goal is to help youth reach their full potential and become positive and productive members of the community.
Activities coordinated by Character Counts in Fort Dodge include: providing Character Counts training for all interested businesses and organizations; integrating Character Counts into many businesses’ hiring and promotional processes; recognizing local students who exhibit strength of character; working with local schools; participating in community events; partnering with local businesses, organizations and churches to promote good character and promoting Character Counts in sports.
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa serves nearly 14,000 girls and more than 4,000 adults. Their goal is to empower girls and provide them with the leadership skills they need to develop their full individual potential. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is comprised of 70 counties, including 67 in central and western Iowa, one county in Nebraska and two counties in South Dakota. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsiowa.org.
Trinity Regional Medical Center is the North Central Iowa Chapter sponsor for the National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) and is dedicated to recognizing, encouraging and developing the leadership skills of youth.
Each spring, high school juniors from the Fort Dodge area are nominated for leadership they have shown in school, religious organizations or their community. The nominees must have been elected to a leadership position and have at least a B average to be eligible. All eligible nominees are invited to attend a leadership seminar in the spring where they take part in workshops on team-building, self-esteem and other leadership concepts. Students receive recognition through media coverage, a traveling photographic display and a recognition/award ceremony. In September, a Youth Salute is held with scholarship winners announced and “Youth Leaders of the Year” selected.