Youth are in control of their project:
Youth choose their project area based on their personal preference, with assistance from club leaders and parents. Once a project is chosen, youth create an annual goal for their project, and then determine and plan out a path for achieving that goal.
Curriculum is available:
If your child chooses a project that you have no experience in, 4-H has curriculum books are available for nearly all projects and at all levels of ability. 4-H Curriculum is developed with a focus on inquiry-based learning, and includes opportunities for experimentation, investigation, questioning, and argumentation. The “Learn By Doing” method is modeled and encouraged.
With over 130 projects available, there is soemthing for everyone! Choose from Science, Engineering, Technology, Sewing, Food and Nutrition, Citizenship, Fitness, Finances, Child Development, First Aid, Entrepreneurship, Animal Science, Production Farming, and many more! Find all the National 4-H curriculum. HERE.
Opportunities for recognition in 4-H are on every level in 4-H:
On the club level, youth are recognized for their achievements by their peers and leaders.
At the county level, through 4-H fairs and other events, competitively and non-competitively, youth are recognized by independent judges or experts.
Youth can attend events that involve youth from all counties within the state (Expressive Arts Day, STEM Day, Livestock Days). Youth can also be recognized for their accomplishments within 4-H, and be awarded opportunities to participate in National 4-H trips. (Find information on State 4-H events and Teen 4-H National Trips HERE.)
4-H is family oriented:
Unlike other organizations that divide clubs by age, 4-H clubs are multi-aged, with youth ranging in age from 7 years up to 19 years. Children ages 5-7 may enroll in Explorer Clubs. Young adults over the age of 19 are encouraged to register as volunteers or leaders, and mentor within a 4-H club.
Youth are encouraged to create, develop, and participate in projects that benefit their community:
Some examples: create a garden around the flag pole on the town green, pajama collection drive to benefit a women’s shelter, make repairs and spring clean-up at local youth summer camps, sew curtains for a local community center, visit nursing homes to share a craft.