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What is 4-H and how can I get my child involved?

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4-H is known as the best youth development program in the world. 4-H enables youth to have fun, meet new people, learn new life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility and set and achieve goals.

The 4-H program was founded between 1900 and 1910 to provide local educational clubs for rural youth from ages 9 to 19. It was designed to teach better home economics and agricultural techniques and to foster character development and good citizenship. It now includes projects for everyone and there are numerous clubs in urban areas that participate in such things as computer programming, recycling, archery, electric projects, public speaking and even clowning.

The 4-H program is administered by the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state land-grant universities and county governments. In Utah it is administered by Utah State University Extension. Utah 4H programs are coordinated through local County Extension offices. If you don't know of a 4H club in your area and you would like to join, call 1-888-4HYOUTH for help.

If you would like to organize a club, here are some tips:

  • Enroll your group at the USU Extension office in your county by completing an enrollment form and paying fees. Obtain club and project materials from the office while you're there.
  • Meet and learn together to complete selected projects. Enter club members' finished projects in the county fair. Learning will be enhanced by including community service projects. Explore other 4H activities such as camps, State 4-H youth gatherings, National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference, International 4-H youth exchange, collegiate 4-H, trips and scholarships.

Posted on 19 Jul 2006

Carla Lee

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