4-H Grown.

4-H Grown.

Proud Champions

Proud Champions

Marguerite and Irving.

Marguerite and Irving.

About 4-H

Where do 4-H clubs meet?

Clubs meet in central places such as schools, Cornell Cooperative Extension office, churches, community rooms, or at a youth activity building on the Grange Fairgrounds in Yorktown or any place large enough that is convenient for the entire group.

What do 4-H clubs do at a meeting?

4-H clubs usually have four general kinds of activities: project work, business meeting, recreation or social activities, and special interest programs.Community service projects are an important part of the 4-H experience.

How often do 4-H clubs meet?

Regular meetings are determined by the club participants and the leaders.Generally clubs will have business meetings once a month and project or activity meetings more often.Some clubs prefer to meet every-other-week or once a month.


What is expected of a 4-H parent?

Since 4-H leaders are volunteers with an interest in youth, your support in the club’s activities is very helpful.Basic support is keeping in touch with the leader and seeing that your child completes activities that are to be done at home. You should also offer to help with a club project or activity.

What other ways can a 4-H parent help?

4-H parents support clubs in a variety of ways:

offer to provide transportation to an eventfor a group of participants

send refreshments for the meeting

Attend leader trainings offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension

Be available to help in any capacity


4-H Clubs

Cloverbud clubs—Ages 5 to 8

Youth clubs—Ages 9 to 19

Clubs may meet at the youth activity building on the Grange Fairgrounds in Yorktown.

In Yorktown, libraries, parks or an approved community site.Clubs join together at 4-H Fairs and other community events.

Community Based Club

5-15 children working under the leadership of parents or other adult volunteers.Members participate in projects in small groups or individually.This may be a 4-H animal science, photography, plant science or any other interest club that meets all year.

After-School Club

6 or more children enrolled in an after-school program who participate in 4-H activities led by program staff or other adult volunteer.

School-Based Club

All the children in a class are enrolled in a class time club or an extra-curricular club who work on 4-H projects under the leadership of a teacher and/or parents. 4-H school science clubs or garden clubs may meet all year.

4-H is a worldwide youth development program available in every state and over eighty countries. It is open to all youth aged 5-to-19, who want to have fun, learn new skills, and explore the world. In return, youth who participate in 4-H find a supportive environment and opportunities for hands-on or "experiential" learning about things that interest them. They also get what all young people need to succeed in life--the confidence, compassion and connections with caring adults to make contributions to their communities. The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development is to unleash the power of youth and adults through diverse opportunities that meet community needs.

4-H is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The 4-H community also includes 3,500 staff, 518,000 volunteers and 60 million alumni. 4-H'ers participate in fun, hands-on learning activities, supported by the latest research of land-grant universities, that are focused on three areas:

Mission Mandates

Citizenship - Civic engagement is the broadest mission mandate; it incorporates youth voice, leadership, respect, history, community youth development, SET, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Link: http://nys4h.cce.cornell.edu/Pages/4-HCivicEngagement1.aspx

Healthy Lifestyles - "Choose Health" is an initiative of the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program intended to help all of us confront and take action to change the statistics of childhood obesity. This link includes project resources, promotional materials, and more!

Link: http://nys4h.cce.cornell.edu/about%20us/Pages/ChooseHealthInitiative.aspx

Science, Engineering and Technology - Kids who participate in science activities outside of the classroom are more likely to be comfortable with science. This link takes you to numerous 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects that give families science enrichment opportunities and connect kids to Cornell’s science outreach programs.

Link: http://sp.nys4h.cce.cornell.edu/about%20us/Pages/4-HSET.aspx

Our Foundation

The foundation of the 4-H community lies within the 106 land-grant universities across the country that deliver research driven programs through Extension agents in each of more than 3,000 counties. The 4-H leadership builds on the strength of our state and local professionals in partnership with the National 4-H Headquarters.

4-H Youth Development Research

Tufts 4-H study of positive youth development
LINK: http://www.4-h.org/about/youth-development-research/
Iowa State 4-H Life Skills Model
LINK: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/explore/lifeskills

Learn More!

Find out more about the history of 4-H and what it can offer you by visiting the other pages on this site, then get in touch with a local 4-H staff person today! We're looking forward to welcoming you to 4-H in our county!

Last updated February 1, 2017