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4-H Helps Youth Become Leaders for Iowa's Future

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This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.


ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development believes in Iowa’s young people and works every day to help them grow in character, reaching their full potential as citizens. 4-H gives young people a chance to develop their communication skills, give back to their communities and step up to leadership for Iowa’s future.


  • 127,426 Iowa youth are enrolled in 4-H Youth Development programs — more than 25 percent of school-age youth in the state.
  • 73,060 youth participate in 4-H school enrichment programs that support K-12 education.
  • Nearly 10,700 adults volunteer in 4-H Youth Development programs. Young Iowans, whether they live in cities, towns or rural areas, grow strong values and life skills doing meaningful work in partnership with caring adults.
  • 33,200 youth participate in 1,813 Iowa 4-H clubs, making their communities better places for youth to grow and develop.
  • 1,057 Iowa schoolteachers were trained in ISU Extension science-based curricula that demonstrate connections among technology, agriculture, natural resources, food and people.
  • 1,950 adults and youth contributed 11,023 volunteer hours to improve their communities through the Governor’s AmeriCorps After-School Initiative, State 4-H Youth Conference service projects, Iowa’s Promise Youth grants and Pioneer Community Improvement grants.
  • 801 middle school students received tutoring assistance or educational enrichment programming through the Governor’s AmeriCorps After-School Initiative, resulting in an 88 percent homework completion rate, a .43 point average increase in GPA, a 24 percent increase in school attendance and a 40 percent decrease in problem-based school referrals, compared to the previous programming quarter.
  • 4-H Youth Development makes a lasting difference in young people’s lives. As one 4-H’er said, “Through 4-H I have learned how to set and accomplish goals, be a leader, a better communicator and a better citizen.” An adult leader said, “It is so exciting to help bring out the potential in our youth.”


See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life. Learn more about ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.



Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu