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!
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.
Why do young people like 4-H?
Youth like 4-H for a number of reasons, some of the top reasons are:
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.
Who provides leadership for 4-H?
The University of Wisconsin Extension Services, through the county based UW-Extension office, supports the 4-H program by providing the leadership, mission, vision, educational guidelines, literature resources and infrastructural support to the program. Nationally, it is part of the Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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.
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