Preparing Youth for Success

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child's age and grade as of January 1 of the current project year.  Eligibility for Cloverbud participation begins when a child is enrolled in Kindergarten and is five years old.  Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in the 3rd grade.  Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level.  Membership requires enrollment in an authorized Ohio 4-H club or group under the direction of an OSU Extension professional or an approved adult volunteer.  A youth’s 4-H eligibility ends December 31 the year he or she turns 19.  Joining Ohio 4-H is a privilege and responsibility for individuals and is subject to the Ohio 4-H Code of Conduct and applicable policies of The Ohio State University.

All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects - anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening, and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at http://ohio4h.org.


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