A 4-H project is a series of sequential educational materials, experiences, and expectations that support leaders and members in developing life skills in a focused area of interest. A project has a specific beginning and ending.
A project manual and/or leader's guide give the directions and requirements to be completed in order to reach a certain educational level in the subject. Projects vary in difficulty according to the age and experience of the member. Projects provide an abundance of useful, real-life experiences. Most projects have a nominal cost.
A record book is required with each project giving the member an opportunity to record what was learned and accomplished, list income and expenses, and detail goal setting and oral presentation information.
4-H projects can create more interest in daily tasks, strengthen family and community ties, develop leadership skills, and explore vocational opportunities. Youth want projects that are fun, help them discover new information, and help them learn new skills. A 4-H project has the potential to meet all these goals, and with over 200 to choose from, the possibilities are endless!