4-H connects youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H. Want to join a club? Register your interest here so that we can match you with a club. Please note no matching happens between May 16th and Sep 15th as youth prepare their exhibits for fairs and finish their 4-H year.
Where do 4-H clubs meet?
Any place large enough that is convenient for members of the group. Clubs meet in leaders’ or members’ homes or in central places such as schools, CCE Education Center, churches, libraries or community rooms.
4-H clubs usually do four general things: project work, business meeting, recreation or social activities and special interest programs.
Meetings are determined by the club members and the leaders. Generally clubs will have business meetings once a month and project or activity meetings more often. Some clubs meet every other week or once monthly. Some clubs meet throughout the year; others meet for only part of the year.
Business meetings are run according to Parliamentary procedure. This offers the young 4-Hers a good foundation in participating and running meeting. Recreation and refreshments make meetings fun.
4-H clubs may have officers. The 4-H office provides helpful materials for presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries, treasurers, news reporters, recreation leaders, and historians. It is a good idea to wait until the second or third meeting to elect officers, after members have gotten to know one another.
Last updated May 20, 2019