College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

4-H Youth Development

Out-of-school informal learning activities can improve the overall well-being and long-term success of youth. These opportunities are especially important for children living in low-income families, where they encounter more obstacles to academic achievement and social and emotional development, and sometimes have fewer occasions for positive social interaction with their peers. 

4-H is the largest youth organization in the U.S., and Cooperation Extension 4-H programs reach youth through traditional 4-H clubs and after-school programs. Through hands-on learning experiences, 4-Hers from grade school through high school explore scientific topics, learn to be engaged citizens and students, and develop leadership qualities that enhance their academic success and self-confidence.