Engaging youth as valued, contributing members of their communities in partnership with caring adults.
A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together for positive change.
4-H is full of opportunities! You can make friends, have fun, and learn new things all at the same time! There are several different ways you can "do" 4-H. Take a peek and see which fits your needs.
Types of memberships
- Thought of as our traditional model, youth enroll in projects and participate in group activities and attend club and project meetings. The club elects officers and plans their learning and community service activities together. These clubs typically meet year-round, starting the new year in October. Ages 8-18.
Clover Kid Clubs:
- These clubs are designed to introduce 5 to 7 year olds to a variety of 4-H experiences. These youth will move into a traditional club at age 8. Clover Kids do not participate in competitive events, contests, or show.
- These groups meet for a limited number of hours and focus on a special topic. Usually there is a partnership with MU Extension. There are no seperate club meetings. Ages K-12.
Single Project Clubs:
- Similar to Community Clubs, however all members focus on the same project area. Ages 8-18.
- These clubs meet during or after school and frequently focus on a single project. These clubs may meet an entire year, but are frequently limited to the school year schedule. Ages K-12.
How to Join 4-H
Contact your local Extension Center. Your 4-H specialist will know what opportunites are available in your area and will help you find the experience that fits your needs. Once you know what club you will join, you will enroll in 4HOnline to create your family profile and enroll in projects. Then the fun begins as you start meeting with your club!
Being a 4-H Volunteer is hugely rewarding and you can positively influence youth ages 5-18. Becoming a volunteer is not hard, but it is important that you complete the steps as soon as possible, so you can being working with the youth. You will start by contacting your county Extension office and finding out where your skills are needed. You will then create your profile in 4HOnline, comlete your one-time orientation, and fill out your yearly background screening form. Once all of this is complete, your county Extension office will review and get you active.