Information for Partners
Partnerships are important to 4-H and to other organizations and agencies that see youth as a viable audience. Our economic climate necessitates that groups, who once worked independently , will seek partners to tackle program capacity, quality, funding and other resource issues. 4-H has a tremendous youth development philosophy, structure and track record that is needed by communities. Check out how 4-H prepares young people for careers and develops leadership, citizenship and communication in this video:
Key Benefits of Partnering with 4-H Youth Development
Youth Focused Philosophy - 4-H helps create experiences for youth that are grounded in best practices for youth development and life skills education.
Educational Spectrum - 4-H has young people enrolled who are grades Kindergarten through the first year in college with opportunities for older youth to guide and teach younger youth.
Proven Delivery Mechanism - 4-H has a proven track record for delivering safe, well managed experiences with youth within a club structure.
Quality Curriculum - 4-H provides research-based, ready to use, fun “learn by doing” curriculum in an array of content areas that can be delivered through experiential learning model.
Statewide and Local Connections - 4-H has state, regional and county based staff prepared and willing to support volunteer and partner led clubs.
Access to University Resources - 4-H is connected to the land grant university, which provides access to research, risk management systems, and technology resources.
Volunteer and Staff Training - 4-H offers hands on, practical training that volunteers and partners can easily apply to their everyday work.
Program Support - 4-H offers support to help volunteers and partners create a positive learning environment and evaluate quality environments and child outcomes.
Opportunities for Involvement - 4-H offers enhanced learning and leadership opportunities for youth to participate in at community, county, state and national levels.
Partnerships, which can begin simply by having a conversation, often develop in stages with increasing levels of commitment. Although many groups support the 4-H program with referrals, free use of space or event sponsorships, the partnerships that benefit youth the most are those that lead to long-term 4-H experiences.
4-H Partnership Opportunities
Clover Kids (K-3)
Project Action Teams (Home Decorating, Clothing, Food and Fitness, Woodworking, the Arts, Environment, Science and Agriculture)
E-SET (Extension-Science, Engineer and Technology)
Examples of Partners
Partners are needed to make a long-term difference in the lives of youth in grades 4-12. Partners can be:
Banks (to create investment and finance clubs),
Manufacturing firms (to create robotics clubs),
Libraries (to create reading afterschool programs),
Community colleges (to create family Hispanic gardening programs),
Utility companies and agencies (to teach energy efficiencies),
…the sky is the limit.