4-H @ 540

4-H @ 540

are you a youth looking to get involved in the community through entrepreneurship and environmental justice?

join the after-school program

4-H @ 540 is a paid, environmental justice-focused 10-week workforce development after-school program for 6th to 12th-grade youth in Monroe County run by 540WMain, Inc from April 20 – June 20, 2023. This program was designed to build leadership development skills for low-income, disabled, and/or marginalized youth.


about the 4-H program

what's different about 4-H @ 540?

4-H @ 540 paid students to build soft skills that can be applied in the workforce, college, or as a future entrepreneur. The program focused on principles of environmental justice (EJ). Students worked in teams and individually to research an EJ-related topic of their choice and present their research on the final program day to the community and their families.

get involved

hover your cursor over each box to learn more about the benefits of participating in the 4-H @ 540 program.

pay equity

Students are paid a stipend for their work.

build your leadership skills

student led activities designed to leadership and entrepreneurship skills


interact in a positive environment and receive guidance from adult mentors

hands-on learning

co-design activities that help with skills like time management, personal branding, & communication


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

how to apply

The Spring 2023 of our program is complete. We are diligently working to secure additional funding to run the program in 2024 and beyond. If you would like to support youth workforce development make a donation using the donation link below. For questions about future program registration, please email the 540Team at info540westmain@gmail.com.

apply: The 2022-2023 application is now closed.

For questions about future program registration, please email the 540Team at info540westmain@gmail.com.

frequently asked questions

Sessions are an hour and a half, one day per week from January to June. Students have the opportunity to participate for multiple school years.

Students will apply online beginning July 2022 or via mail and then be interviewed. There will be space for 10-12 students.

Selected students will receive a stipend each semester they remain in the program.

The program provides complimentary RTS bus passes for students that have a need for transportation.

The program will take place at locations around the city.

Email info540westmain@gmail.com with any questions or comments regarding the program.

Program Sponsors

We are grateful for our generous sponsors for supporting youth workforce development and helping us pilot the Spring 2023 session of the program.  If your business is interested in sponsoring a future session of 4-H at 540 please email the 540Team at info540westmain@gmail.com.