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4-H Youth Development Programs

4-H is a comprehensive youth development program to teach the latest research-based subject matter knowledge and to foster skill development in effective citizenship, leadership, and other life skills. Under the guidance of 4-H trained volunteers, young people between the ages of 5 and 18 may engage in experiential learning opportunities. The mission of 4-H is to help youth reach their full potential through the development of strong relationships with their adult mentors through participation in research-based, informal, hands-on educational experiences.

The 10 areas of 4-H curriculum focus are:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Environmental Education and Natural Resources
  • Science and Technology
  • Employment Careers and Economics
  • Leadership and Personal Development
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health, Nutrition and Wellness
  • Communications and Arts
  • Citizenship

4-H has both a school-based and a community-based delivery model. The specific learning experiences of a 4-H member is shaped locally and supported at the state and national levels. 4-H members learn how to: make decisions, manage resources, work with others, and use effective communication skills. Participants are also welcome to engage in educational programs at regional 4-H educational centers.

National 4-H Headquarters

Virginia 4-H Programs

Visit Virginia 4-H

There are five 4-H Educational Centers throughout the Commonwealth. The center for Northern Virginia is located at Harmony Hollow in Front Royal, Virginia.

Visit the Virginia 4-H Virtual Farm

Maryland 4-H Programs

County Contacts for 4-H Programs

Maryland Cooperative Extension

Maryland 4-H Youth Development Programs

District of Columbia 4-H Programs

University of the District of Columbia Cooperative Extension

District of Columbia 4-H Programs