4-H Youth Development
The purpose of the 4-H program is to help young people become creative and productive citizens. 4-H lays the foundation for continuing education and helps youth acquire a zest for life-long learning.
As a 4-H member, you’ll:
- Learn to live in a changing world
- Develop talents
- Learn how food and fiber products are made
- Explore ways to earn a living
- Learn to conserve nature’s resources
- Learn healthy living habits
- Take responsibility for community improvement
- Strengthen family relationships
- Join with friends for work, fun and fellowship
Leaders are adult and teenage volunteers backed by our office and UI Extension. They provide training and project materials.
4-H members eight to 18-years-old are eligible to participate in all programs offered by 4-H, including competitive activities and events.
Individuals older than 18 years of age who have special needs are eligible to participate in 4-H, provided they are enrolled in high school.
4-H recognizes the age of the individual on Jan. 1 of the current 4-H year. Eligibility established on Jan. 1 will remain in effect for the entire 4-H year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.