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 land-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.