More than six million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. 4-H showcases the great things that the program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community. Interested in 4-H for your children or personal volunteering?
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
- Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,
- Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors like, and
- Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries.
- In 4-H youth learn by doing projects that are designed to fit their needs at different ages. Learn about the variety of projects from food to forestry, rockets and rabbits.
- 4-H gives kids and teens all kinds of opportunities to experience life skills, to practice them, and be able to use them throughout their lifetime.
- 4-H teaches young people how to meet their needs for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity in positive ways.
- In 4-H youth experience a variety of settings including schools, day camps, overnight camps, afterschool, clubs, and other learning environments.