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Find out what 4-H can do for your family!

About 4-H

4-H is a worldwide youth development program available in every state and over eighty countries. It is open to all youth aged 5-to-19 who want to have fun, learn new skills, and explore the world. In return, youth in 4-H find a supportive environment and opportunities for hands-on or "experiential" learning about things that interest them. They also get what all young people need to succeed in life--the confidence, compassion, and connections with caring adults to contribute to their communities. The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development is to unleash the power of youth and adults through diverse opportunities that meet community needs.

4-H is America's Largest youth development organization - empowering nearly 6 million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. 4-H Programming is delivered by Cooperative Extension- a community of more than 100 public universities nationwide that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. For over 100 years, 4-H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids voices to express who they are and how they improve their lives and communities.

In Oneida County, 4-H reaches youth through various delivery methods, including 4-H Clubs, independent membership, special interest programs, school enrichment, and community outreach.

We encourage learning by doing and turning interests into action! A County/Independent Members are 4-H members that are not in a club and work on project areas more independently and at their own pace. Club Members work at a club pace and focus more on a project area as a group. Some of the project areas offered in Oneida County are Beef, Dairy, Dog, Goat, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit/Cavy, Sheep, Swine, Vet Science, Arts and Crafts, Clothing and Textiles, Photography, Robotics, Tractor Safety, STEM, Archery, Community Service, Leadership, Public Presentations, and MORE!

Volunteers make a difference in our programs!

Did you know that over 160 adults volunteer annually with Oneida County 4-H programs? Volunteering is fun and rewarding and enables you to share your experiences with others. Do you like bird watching, cooking, gardening, or working with animals? There are many exciting projects and fun things to do in 4-H.

Imagine a young person's satisfaction at learning a new skill or doing a job well. Imagine your satisfaction at watching a young person blossom. You can help our young people as they gain confidence and self-esteem - essential ingredients for happy, productive citizens.

How Do You Join 4-H?

Youth who are five through seven years of age on or before January 1st of the club year should enroll as a 4-H Cloverbud member. Youth who are eight to eighteen years of age by January 1st of the current club year should enroll as a 4-H member. Youth who have reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1st of the 4-H club year may not enroll as a 4-H member. The annual 4-H enrollment program begins on October 1st.

Last updated January 4, 2024