About 4-H

4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their community and the world. Positive youth development programs give 4-H youths hands-on, real world experience they need to become leaders. Through the University of Idaho, one of America’s DSC_01151land-grant universities, and University of Idaho Extension, 4-H reaches every county in Idaho. With more than 36,000 members and 4,000 volunteers statewide, 4-H helps youths move Idaho, America and the world forward in ways that no other youth organization can.

4-H is open year-round to youths ages 5-18 without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, handicaps or disadvantages, economic or ethnic backgrounds.

The Study of 4-H Positive Youth Development shows 4-H youths outperform their peers in:

  • earning higher grades
  • attending college
  • acontributing to their communities.

Research specific to Idaho youths shows that 4-H members are:

  • far less likely to engage in risky negative behaviors
  • more likely to do service projects to help others
  • more likely to seek school and community leadership roles
  • more willing to talk to parents about issues such as drugs, alcohol, or sex.

County-based 4-H programs combine professionals from the University of Idaho with a unique partnership based on county, state, and federal funds. Funding from individuals, businesses and organizations provides support for special events, awards, and educational materials.

One Response to About 4-H

  1. Lisa Day

    Hello, I am touching base to learn more about your summer programs and/or summer camps. I look forward to hearing from you

    Lisa Day

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