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.
Nationally 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:
Citizenship - Civic engagement is the broadest mission mandate; it incorporates youth voice, leadership, respect, history, community youth development, SET, and Healthy Lifestyles.
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!
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.
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.
Last updated September 28, 2017