Are you looking for a positive, fun way to engage your child in a hands-on learning environment? If so, 4-H is the program for you.
The benefits of 4h include a lifetime of positive experiences with caring adults that are intentionally designed to help youth learn by doing. The skills and knowledge that 4-H members gain are relevant to their lives, providing opportunities to explore careers and pursue passions.
JOINING 4-H helps YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY develop the knowledge and skills they need to be productive, self-directed citizens who make a difference in their communities.
Kids build their confidence as they practice communication and public speaking in their club meetings, projects and a variety of other activities. They also develop leadership skills, such as running meetings, leading a group and judging projects.
LEARNING BY OBSERVING ACTIVELY IN OUR COMMUNITY
When youth are involved in activities where they observe, interact with and participate in the community, their sense of belonging increases. These positive interactions contribute to their overall sense of wellbeing and are linked to reduced risk for depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and attempts.
A SHORT HISTORY OF 4-H
Today, America’s largest youth development organization reaches 6 million young people through programs in agriculture, science, health and civic engagement across the nation. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, of which 4-H is a part, receives funding from federal, state and local governments as well as private donors.
4-H is free and open to all youth, ages 5 to 19 regardless of race, national origin, sex, disability, religion or age. In addition to local clubs, 4-H membership can be achieved through school field trips, afterschool programs and summer camp opportunities.