Children and Youth

Connecting Children and Youth

ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development empowers children (K – 3) and youth (4 – 12) to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults.  4-H positive youth development programming provides opportunities for young people to become competent, caring, contributing, confident, and connected citizens with character.  Through fun and educational programs that foster youth-adult partnerships over extended periods of time, young people meet their development needs of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity while strengthening life skills such as communication, leadership, and citizenship.

Youth: Looking for information on one of these topics?

Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development has Web pages of information on:


4-H'ers in action

  • 4-H TV – Youth sharing stories through video, audio and photography.
  • Iowa 4-H Tech Team – Interested in technology? Join the team!

Fun activities for kids

Connect with other teens

Extension Video

Ricochet youth leadership program

Ricochet is an extreme leadership adventure program targeted at middle school students. It challenges youth to step outside their comfort zone and strengthen their skills. See how Clinton County is using this program.


Adults helping children and youth

The mission of the Iowa 4-H Program is to empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.



Online course