What's in it for young people?
When you join 4-H, you choose what interests you. Here are some examples of hands-on opportunities:
- exploring the environment and nature
- growing your own food with all types of gardens
- learning about technology and robotics
- developing photography or drama skills
- caring for animals
- career exploration
You can be part of a club, be an individual member, attend 4-H Camp and show off projects at our County Fair at CT's Beardsley Zoo. In the process, you meet new friends, solve problems learn leadership and public speaking so you can make a difference in your neighborhood or even in the world!
Adults like it, too!
Our adult 4-H volunteers enjoy working with young people to gain their full potential. Depending on the talents and time you can contribute, we have a place for you in:
- individual events
- short-term or long term projects with national curriculums
- on-going group activities
- FC Development committee membership
- Becoming a club leader
You’ll get plenty of training and support from the Connecticut Cooperative Extension Staff and recognition, too. You might even learn new skills while seeing youth grow and develop. Get a new worldview.
According to research by Tufts University, 4-H youth are 25% more likely to contribute to their families, themselves and their communities, and 41% less likely to engage in risky/problem behavior.
As part of the University of Connecticut, 4-H has access to research-based, age-appropriate information needed to help youth reach their full potential. The mission of 4-H is to assist all youth ages 5-18 in acquiring knowledge, developing leadership and life skills while forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of their families and communities.
Be part of the 4-H world.