Iowa 4-H Afterschool

Iowa 4-H Youth Development strives to increases the quality and quantity of afterschool programs, which provide a safe and supportive environment where caring adults help youth meet their needs for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

4-H Afterschool programs cultivate youth success by offering fun and engaging educational opportunities that teach new skills, build on prior knowledge and create a desire to learn.  Youth have the opportunity to explore a variety of interests including:

  • Citizenship and service-learning
  • Coding and robotics
  • Communication
  • Food and nutrition
  • Engineering
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Expressive arts
  • Leadership
  • And much more!

Benefits of 4-H Afterschool

Research shows effective afterschool programs bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families and communities.  Afterschool programs can increase academic achievement, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for youth. 

How to get involved in 4-H Afterschool?

Contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach office to ask about 4-H Afterschool programs in your area.

Opportunities beyond 4-H Afterschool

Youth engaged in Iowa 4-H Afterschool are encouraged to continue their extraordinary learning experience by becoming members of Clover Kids groups or 4-H Clubs.  Contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach office to ask about opportunities in your area.