4-H Kids at the Fair
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4-H Clubs

Youth who are members of a 4-H club meet as a group on a regular schedule under the direction of an adult volunteer with a planned program. The organized 4-H club is one of the most effective delivery methods. Clubs may be formed in communities, in schools, in after-school settings, and on military installations.

Community clubs typically meet in the evenings or on weekends and offer self-chosen multiple learning experiences and activities. In-school clubs meet during school hours, have officers and planned activities beyond school enrichment. 4-H after-school clubs are organized within child care settings. They have officers and planned activities. Military 4-H clubs are organized by the Armed Forces, often on military installations, and principally for military dependents.

The 4-H club serves as the primary means of providing youth development programming in:

  • Animal Science
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Natural Resources
  • Personal Development
  • Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM).

4-H programming has the advantage of long-term involvement with the support of “caring” adults. 4-H clubs are organized and supported to provide community based positive structured learning opportunities for youth throughout their developmental years.

Last updated February 23, 2023