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 2018 enrollment data showed 842 4-H members, 87 of which were Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) enrolled in one of the 30 clubs within the District. There were 312 registered volunteers working directly with these youth. Additionally, 1523 youth are involved in school enrichment activities at school.
The Top Five Projects by Enrollment are:
- Foods & Nutrition
- Visual Arts & Crafts