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:
ead, critical thinking, problem solving;
eart, self-discipline, integrity, communication;
ands, serving others; and
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 one of the largest 4-H Units in the state of Kansas in terms of youth enrollment numbers. In 2022-23 enrollment data showed 742 4-H members, 65 of which were Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) enrolled in one of the 30 clubs within the District. There were 214 registered volunteers working directly with these youth. Additionally, many youth are involved in school enrichment activities at school.
The Top Five Projects by Enrollment are:
- Foods & Nutrition
- Visual Arts & Crafts
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