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. These "H"s are the following:
- 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 communities as well. Kansas 4-H is open to youth who are between the ages as of 7 to 18 on January 1st. Additionally, the non-competitive 4-H Cloverbud program is offered to youth ages 5 to 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 numbers. In 2019 enrollment data showed 812 4-H members, 79 of which were Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) enrolled in one of the 30 clubs within the District. There were 296 registered volunteers working directly with these youth. Additionally, 1520 youth are involved in school enrichment activities at school.
The Top Five Projects by Enrollment are:
- Foods & Nutrition
- Visual Arts & Crafts
Interested in joining 4-H?
New to 4-H
What is a Virtual Competition?
It’s like the County Fair, but all online!
Each week there will be competitions where you can submit entries in order to win a prize.
There will be prizes award in each age category based off the amount of entries.
Most of the competitions will be geared toward meeting requirements and preparing you for the 2020 County Fair.
Feedback will be given to the 4-Hers from the judges.
E-mail entries to email@example.com including your name, age and club.
Submissions may be shared on Social Media.
Each competition will have a corresponding Facebook post on Meadowlark District 4-H Facebook page.
You can email entries at anytime to Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in email 4-Her name, age and club and also what week of competition it is for.
Winners will be announced on the Friday of the week that they are due on. This will be found our local Meadowlark District 4-H Facebook page.
Local county fair rules apply.
Must be an active 4-H member.
All submissions will be judged by standard scorecards – but not by the same judge who will judge them at the fair in the summer. So a ribbon placement (prize) is not guaranteed to be the same as the one you will receive at the actual summer fair, if you choose to exhibit your exhibit at the fair.
All submissions will be judged in your age group – Cloverbuds will receive participation recognition!
Each submission will count as a project meeting for that project it is about.
Virtual Competition Flyers