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Information for Parents

As Iowa 4-H’ers’ parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other compassionate adult family members, you are the foundation upon which your child’s healthy growth and development depend, and you play a natural role in providing consistent opportunities for 4-H children and youth to learn by doing. 

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.

Working with Youth Committees

County Youth Committees are vital partners in fulfilling the mission of 4-H at the county level. Members are youth and adults from the county who are committed to taking an active role in the decision-making, planning, conducting and evaluating of county 4-H programs.

Independent Membership

Independent 4-H members participate in planned learning outside of a club setting.  Their work is self-directed with guidance and support of parents and mentors.  Self-study, home study, mentoring or shadowing with an “expert,” and whole families learning together are examples of 4-H independent membership.

Shooting Sports Project Area

4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports (SESS) uses skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing life skills. The disciplines include archery, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader and wildlife skills.

Clover Kids Volunteer

You can help your child's Clover Kid group or start one of your own! We will give you the information, training, and other help to get you started. All volunteers must go through a background screening and attend training. Contact your county Extension office to get started.

The purpose of this is to promote children’s positive development through cooperative learning and developmentally appropriate practices. To provide opportunities for K-3 youth to practice 5 life skills:  self-understanding, social interaction, decision-making, learning to learn, and mastering physical skills.

Curricula Alignment

All Connecting Learning & Living curricula is built around youth development and educational models. This section describes these models.

Leadership Opportunities

Leadership opportunities may include an elected or appointed position, but it can also be serving on a committee or in some other decision-making group.  It can include learning about and experiencing something new and sharing that new knowledge with others as well.  

4-H Clubs and Learning Communities

Kids learn by doing with positive adults and friends in a fun, safe setting. Whether coding, photography, stargazing, soccer, rabbits, robots, cultural diversity, dance, etc, there is a 4-H learning community working on that.

4-H Risk Management

We need to ensure that risks to the the 4-H program, the county extension districts, and Iowa State University are minimized and properly managed. Most importantly, we need to ensure that our most critical assets - our 4-H members - are protected.

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