Since 4-H began in 1902, it has become the nation's largest youth development program.
To help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy. 4‑H also strives to offer a wide variety of STEM opportunities – from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science – to improve the nation’s ability to compete in key scientific fields and take on the leading challenges of the 21st century.
What is 4-H?
4-H is the nation's largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than seven million 4-h youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards, and rural farming communities, fueled by university-backed curriculum. 4-HER's engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living, and food security.
Young people who are a part of 4-H have the opportunity to explore all types os science, heal, and citizenship programming delivered through 4-h clubs and amps, as well as after-school and in-school.
More than anything, 4-H teaches youth responsibility, respect, professionalism, and leadership through animal husbandry, officer and junior leader opportunities and both peer and adult interaction as well as community service.
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