4-H & Youth
4-H is a community of young people, ages 8-18, across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H is education for life that uses a learn by doing approach. In Utah 4-H is present in ALL 29 counties across the state!
Traditional clubs, camps, after-school groups, school enrichment, and programs/events are all ways youth across Utah can be involved with the 4-H Program. Over 150 projects are available to 4-H youth. Projects in the area of robotics, computers, healthy eating, fitness, meal preparation, rocketry, clothing care and construction, first aid, woodworking, animals, plants, gardening, public speaking, theater, and many others, develop skills needed for a positive and successful future.
4-H prepares young people for higher education and potential careers. 4-H does this by emphasizing life skills, such as critical thinking; problem solving; respecting self, others, and the environment; communication; serving others; choosing healthy lifestyles; and managing change and challenges. 4-H also provides youth the opportunity to meet people across one’s community, county, the state, nation, and even the world! Lifelong friendships are often formed with youth involved with 4-H. Because the program includes a large range of ages, youth have an opportunity to serve and become a role model for others.
4-H youth and their family members are encouraged to attend meetings together. Work on projects can take place at home – in the yard or around the kitchen table – with guidance from Mom or Dad, an older brother or sister, a neighbor, friend, or other adult. 4-H members need support and encouragement of their families. Growing together through 4-H enhances family For over 100 years, youth and adults have been working together - learning, doing, growing, and serving, Today in Utah 4-H has 9,500 volunteers working with over 75,500 of our state's youth. Educational opportunities have expanded over the years. 4-H has something to offer for everyone! strengths.
Strong Roots, Promising Future
For over 100 years, youth and adults have been working together - learning, doing, growing, and serving. Today in Utah 4-H has 9,500 volunteers working with over 75,500 of our state's youth. Educational opportunities have expanded over the years. 4-H has something to offer for everyone!.
Waves of the Future:
The First Five Years of the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development,Tufts University
The 4-H Youth Development Program strives to empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. To identify the impact that the 4-H Program is making in the lives or youth ages 5-18, various research studies have been conducted across Utah and the nation.
The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is a longitudinal study funded by the Nation 4-H Council. The study is led by Richard M. Lerner and Jacqueline V. Lerner at Tufts University. Researchers are using a longitudinal study so they can look at changes within the same group of children over time. Approximately 6,000 divers adolescents are participating in the study. The adolescents have varying levels of involvement in the community-based programs, including 4-H. Because it is a sequential longitudinal study, more youth are added each year in"waves."
The purpose of the research is to identify characteristics that are related to positive youth development,. Some examples of these characteristics include having close friends and/or supportive in a young person' life, receiving good grades in school and youth having, overall, good feelings about themselves. Researches ant to understand how positive influences in the lives of youth help protect them from getting involved in "problem behaviors," such as substance abuse, unsafe sex, school failure, delinquency and violence. The study should help identify ways that schools and programs like 4-H can promote positive youth development.
Becoming a 4-H club leader is an immensely rewarding volunteer experience. Youth need caring, supportive adults in their life. You can truly make a very positive difference in the lives of your club members. There are many ways for you to get involved. For more information on the many ways you can serve (types of leaders).
To become a 4-H club leader, you need to complete the following steps:
1.Complete the online volunteer registration at ut.4honline.com. If you need help or have questions about this process please feel free to call us.
You can also get an application from the Extension Office:
475 So Donlee Dr. St. George UT 84770
Return your completed application to the Extension Office.
3. Your application will be reviewed and a background screening completed.
4. Attend 4-H New Club Leaders Training. There is an on line training option to help you learn how to be a great 4-H club leader. We also have resources at our office and staff willing to help guide you through the learning process so if you need any help please call us at: 435-634-5706.
5. Upon successful completion of the background screening process and completion of 4-H Club Leader Orientation, you are an official 4-H club leader. You can begin your volunteer service. Welcome to the 4-H family!
"The members who excel the most in 4-H are members of clubs with well-trained clubs leaders."
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4-H Youth Programs
Events and Camps
Our 4-H Maker camps are for 5th - 8th grade youth interested in fun and science. They happen two times a month and are science based activities. It is $5.00 for each time you attend to pre-register click here for our Eventbrite page. Be sure to keep your finished project to enter into the Washington County Fair.
You can also phone our office at 435-634-5706