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
- Food and nutrition
- Healthy lifestyles
- Expressive arts
- 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.