How 4-H Works

How does 4-H work?

4‑H Way

4‑H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. It’s a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity.

4‑H Community

4‑H reaches almost six million young people through our community of 100 public universities. Programs are delivered by 3,500 4‑H professionals and 500,000 volunteers. Young people experience 4‑H through school and community clubs, in-school and after-school programs and 4‑H camps.

4‑H Programming

Based on their interests and guided by adult mentors, youth develop their own pathway in 4‑H. They select from a broad menu of local 4‑H programs. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing, opportunities for everyone.

Program Areas

STEM & Agriculture

4‑H science programs provide 4‑H youth the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and projects.

Healthy Living

4‑H healthy living programs help 4‑H youth learn how to lead lives that balance physical, mental, and emotional health.

Citizenship

4‑H citizenship programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.

Last updated May 2, 2018