4-H Youth Development
4-H is a nationwide program led by state land-grant universities in cooperation with local county/district extension councils. In Kansas, 4-H is the largest youth educational program, aside from public schools. Each of the four H's on the clover represent ways youth can grow and develop in 4-H.
4-H is a nationwide program. Each of the four H's of the clover represent ways youth can grow and develop.
- H ead, critical thinking, problem solving;
- H eart, self-discipline, integrity, communication;
- H ands, serving others; and
- H ealth, choosing healthy lifestyles.
4-H had its beginnings in rural America, but it now serves youth in urban and suburban as well as rural communities. Kansas 4-H is open to youth between the ages of 7 and 18 on January 1st. Additionally, the non-competitive 4-H Cloverbud program is offered to youth ages 5-8. The new 4-H year starts October 1st and we request that enrollment is completed by November 1st.
Meadowlark District is the largest 4-H Unit in the state of Kansas in terms of youth enrollment number. 2017 enrollment data shows 879 4-H members, 84 of which are Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) enrolled in one of the 30 clubs within the District. Three hundred six registered volunteers work directly with these youth. Additionally, 1100 youth are involved in school enrichment activities at school.
Top Five Projects by Enrollment
- Visual Arts & Crafts
- Foods & Nutrition
Interested in joining 4-H? Find a Meadowlark 4-H club near you or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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4-H Project Resources
4-H Project Record Sheets
4-H School Enrichment
4-H Resources & Links
Local Office Pages - Jackson/Holton, Jefferson/Oskaloosa, Nemaha/Seneca
State 4-H Office