4-H is open year-round to youth ages 5 to 18. It is open without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, handicaps or disadvantages, economic or ethnic backgrounds.
4-H programs are in every Idaho county. Youth from cities, suburbs, towns and rural settings participate.
4-H prepares young people for challenges in their community and the world. Using research-based programs with positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on, real world experience they need to become leaders.
Participation is the key in 4-H. The more you do, the more you will get out of it and the more friends you will make.
There are so many different activities in 4-H — something for everyone!
The Study of 4-H Positive Youth Development shows that 4-Hers get better grades in school, are more likely to go to college and give more often to their communities.
Research shows 4-H members in Idaho:
- Take fewer negative risks (such as alcohol, drug or tobacco use)
- Do more service to help others
- Take more school and community leadership roles
- Will speak more with parents or guardians about important issues (such as drugs, alcohol or sex).
Who We Are
4-H builds on the strength of state and local youth development professionals. Research-based curriculum is provided through the University of Idaho. Our nation’s land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension System also work with 4-H National Headquarters at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
County, state and federal funds combine to support 4-H. Funding from individuals, businesses and organizations supports special events, awards, educational materials and program enhancement.
The 4-H movement began more than 100 years ago.
4-H transformed how science was taught outside the classroom through practical, hands-on programs and experiences.
4-H was one of the first organizations in America to teach young people leadership skills and how to impact their communities.
Idaho 4-H started in 1912. It serves tens of thousands of Idaho youths through community clubs, afterschool programs, day camps, summer camps, conferences and international exchange programs.
The University of Idaho has a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability or status as a Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs, services and facilities, and includes, but is not limited to, applications, admissions, access to programs and services and employment.