Why 4-H?





More quotes from Iowa 4-H'ers


The Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life.  Iowa 4-H builds upon a century of experience as it fosters positive youth development that is based on the needs and strengths of youth, their families, and communities.


Iowa 4-H follows the principles of experiential learning and draws on the knowledge base of Iowa State University and other institutions of higher education in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture.  The Iowa 4-H Program's vision and mission statements clearly view youth as partners working with caring adults, and as full participants in planning and working for individual and community change.


Vision: A world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change.


Mission: 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.


Values: Iowa 4-H youth and adults value

  • youth as powerful members of society
  • youth and adults as caring partners
  • learning as a lifelong commitment
  • diversity and social conscience
  • doing our best and making it better




4-H Research

Did you know that national research shows that 4-H youth are competent, confident, connected, character-driven, caring, and contributors to their communities? Learn more in the Tufts' Research 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development Reports Waves 1–5; Waves 1–4 

Did you know that Iowa research shows that 4-H youth credit their 4-H club experiences as making them stronger citizens, leaders, and communicators?  2008 Iowa 4-H Research Study Fact Sheet


Positive Youth Development