Policy and Guidance

In an effort to support clarity, transparency and inclusion, the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program is building a policy and best practices/guidance library. This effort includes a comprehensive review of all Iowa 4-H program policies to ensure accessibility, consistency and coordination.
**Please note only reviewed information will go on this page.  If you have questions about a policy that is not posted here, it may currently be in review, please email Mitch Hoyer if you have questions.

Policy and Guidance Library

Approved Iowa 4-H Youth Development policies and best practice/guidance.


Guidance Procedure

Policies Under Review

  • Financial Policies Draft (3/2018)
  • Inclusion Policy LGBT Youth and Volunteers Draft (3/2018) **  Iowa 4-H follows Federal and State law and Iowa State University policy regarding non-discrimination.  Accordingly, Iowa 4-H does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Veteran in any of its programs or activities.  At the encouragement of the USDA, Iowa 4-H is reviewing a preliminary draft guidance regarding LGBT Youth and Volunteers.  The public comment period associated with the review of this preliminary draft guidance closed on April 13, 2018.  The preliminary draft guidance is not final and will not be implemented until the review process is completed.   Any final guidance issued will consider the comments received, as well as Iowa State University policy, State and Federal law, USDA guidance on these issues, and input from our campus, State, and local community partners.  ISU Extension and Outreach is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive atmosphere for all Iowa youth participating in 4-H programs and activities.

  • Partnership Definitions Draft, Long Form Draft, Short Form Draft (3/2018)
  • K-3 Animal Policy (4/2018) Link for Feedback