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4-H Youth Development Program

In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America's largest youth development organization, empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S.—and 170,000 in New York—with the skills to lead for a lifetime. 

The 4-H experience is delivered by a community of more than 100 public universities, countless volunteers, and mentors across the nation. This experience grows leaders with life skills like confidence, independence, resilience, and compassion. 

What is 4-H? 

4-H is a national and international youth development program designed to empower youth through experiential learning and leadership opportunities. In 4‑H, kids and teens complete hands-on projects in areas like science, creative arts, agriculture and civic engagement. These projects are developed with guidance from adult mentors, volunteers, and club leaders. Participants experience 4‑H through a club model, where they meet regularly and work on projects together, in-school or after-school programs, and 4‑H camps. The Ulster County 4-H Program offers clubs as well as after-school programming, events, and special ongoing programs. 4-H also has a number of adult volunteer opportunities such as club leaders, mentors, evaluators, and event volunteers.

The Ulster County 4-H Program offers a traditional club model, where participants attend regular meetings and complete projects together, as well as special ongoing programs. We have a number of volunteer opportunities such as club leaders, mentors, evaluators, and event volunteers. Please get in touch with us to find out how you can empower youth in our local communities!

The Ulster County 4-H Program provides a number of programs for youth in the county:

NY State 4-H offers a number of annual programs.
Below are just some of the programs that Ulster County 4-Hers are invited to attend!


Jes Ellis
4-H Administrative Assistant
(845) 340-3990 ext. 313

Last updated March 14, 2024