4-H Youth Program
4-H is for everyone. There are over 70 different project areas
your child can choose from to start their career in 4-H!
Awesome opportunities await you. We are excited to help you
learn more about 4-H. Together we can make the Best Better!
Cloverbuds: Enrolled in Kindergarten through 3rd grade
Beginners: Age 8, 9 or 10 on or before January 1 of the current 4-H year
Juniors: Age 11, 12, or 13 on or before January 1 of the current 4-H year
Seniors: Age 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 on or before January 1 of the current 4-H year and have not turned 19 on or before January 1
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Many people think of 4-H as an independent organization, but that isn’t quite accurate. As part of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension System of state land-grant universities and colleges, the 4-H Youth Development Program is built on the nation’s best research, education and practice. This means that your Extension staff members are supported with resources from land-grant universities across the nation. Just take a look at our research-based curriculum and you can have complete confidence in 4-H as a sound, educational organization. And, we have been around for over a century! There is an Extension office in each county throughout the nation, which is the local headquarters for 4-H. The 4-H program is administered at the county level by the 4-H Youth Program Advisors with support and leadership from the State 4-H Office at South Dakota State University and County Government.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth outreach program of the land-grant
universities' Cooperative Extension Services and the United States Department of
Agriculture. 4-H National Headquarters at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture
provides leadership in positive youth development in the areas of citizenship, healthy living,
and science. 4-H emphasizes the importance of young people connecting to their communities;
being well-informed and engaged in civic affairs; developing leadership skills; and preparing
for college, work, career, and life.
Our goal is 1 out of 5 youth world wide will be involved in 4-H by 2025!
According to Tuffs University 4-H Youth are
4x more likely to be involved in community service regularly
3x more likely to exercise
2x more likely to be civically active