4-H Youth Development
Youth are an important component of any community and in Butte County, this is no exception. The University of Idaho Extension office offers conventional 4-H clubs, day and summer camps and school enrichment activities to provide informal out of school, research based learning and citizen and leadership development.
The program is much broader than raising animals and canning. We offer projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mechanics, including an active robotics club. Youth display their work at the county fair.
4-H program coordinators, educators, adult volunteer leaders and youth volunteer leaders use individual state and national 4-H project goals and curriculum to measure and ensure consistent youth development.
Participants learn hands-on life skills that can promote quality of life while also preparing them to engage an ever changing world and its communities.
Participants learn to record their projects in a portfolio, set goals, show knowledge of their project and reflect on how their project goals were met or why they need revisions.
Completed projects are shown to the public and shared with other 4-H clubs and the community.
4-H’s project subject matter is related to STEAM learning goals. Projects include aero science, entomology, livestock production, LEGO® robotics, small engines, wood working, creative arts, clothing, textiles, citizenship and leadership development. 4-H provides opportunities for students to gain skills in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
Members work in clubs with their volunteer organizational leaders and project leaders. These adult leaders help participants better understand and learn more about their project.
4-H reaches every corner of our nation. It is part of America’s 109 land-grant universities and its Cooperative Extension System. It extends from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities. 4-H helps shape youths to move our country and the world forward in ways that no other youth organization can with more than:
- 6 million youths
- 540,000 volunteers
- 3,500 professionals
- 60 million alumni
- Youth benefit from education outside a traditional classroom.
- Hands-on life skills provide youth an opportunity to explore and understand by practice and interactive participation.
- Youth succeed and strive for success in a project area of their choosing. In turn, their practice educates other youth and adults by demonstrating both their attempts at success and their successes.
The H’s in the 4-H youth development organization stand for health, hands, heart and head.
“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to better loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.”
1902 to Today in 4-H
The history of 4-H is one of connecting cutting-edge knowledge to practical life skills. This philosophy and the support of the thousands of volunteers, coordinators and educators make 4-H possible. 4-H offers hundreds of projects and research-based opportunities for youth.