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About 4-H


What is 4-H?
4-H is the nation's largest youth development and empowerment organization. In Wisconsin, more than 150,000 youth in urban, suburban and rural settings are involved with 4-H and other UW-Extension youth programs. Youth from five-year Kindergarten to one year past high school can learn important life skills like leadership, team work, critical thinking and communication to help prepare them for successful futures - and they do it while engaging in fun, hands-on 4-H activities!

Why do young people like 4-H?
Youth like 4-H for a number of reasons, some of the top reasons are:

  • 4-H members have fun with friends while learning problem solving, critical thinking and team-building skills
  • Hands-on learning opportunities are key to the success of the 4-H program
  • Youth develop leadership skills at a young age by holding officer roles, participating in public speaking opportunities, and presenting throughout the county
  • 4-H is a family-centered youth development program and parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend all 4-H activities

Why do parents like 4-H?
4-H offers children an avenue to develop their strengths through exploring interests, practicing decision making, developing goals and accomplishing them. These life skills are crucial in today's competitive world.

The Positive Youth Development Difference: Research shows that 4-H helps young people excel beyond their peers. The structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve success in life.

Wisconsin 4-H Vision: 4-H Youth Development: a catalyst for positive community youth development.

Wisconsin 4-H Mission: UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development integrates research, education, and community-based partnerships, enabling youth to learn and practice skills to be productive citizens.

Waukesha County 4-H Staff

Youth and Family Educator

James M. Boling, Jr.
(262) 548-7784
james.boling@wisc.edu

4-H Support Staff

Molly Ellis
(262) 548-7774
mellis@waukeshacounty.gov


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4-H Extension Waukesha County
Univeristy of Wisconsin Madison
515 W. Moreland Blvd., AC G22
Waukesha, WI 53188

Civil Rights Statement: University of Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin counties cooperating. An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.