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. 2016 enrollment data shows 867 4-H members, 69 of which are Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) enrolled in one of the 32 clubs within the District. Three hundred sixty-nine registered volunteers work directly with these youth. Additionally, 618 youth are involved in school enrichment activities at school.
Top Five Projects by Enrollment
- Foods & Nutrition
- Visual Arts & Crafts
- Plant Science
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