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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

http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/


Virginia 4-H Programs

Visit Virginia 4-H

http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/

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

http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/northern/aboutus.html

Visit the Virginia 4-H Virtual Farm

http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/virtualfarm/main.html


Maryland 4-H Programs

County Contacts for 4-H Programs

http://www.maryland4h.org/Maryland%204-H%20County%20and%20City%20Offices.cfm#pg

Maryland Cooperative Extension

http://extension.umd.edu/

Maryland 4-H Youth Development Programs

http://www.maryland4h.org/


District of Columbia 4-H Programs

University of the District of Columbia Cooperative Extension

http://www.udc.edu/cooperative_extension/coop_ext.htm

District of Columbia 4-H Programs

http://www.udc.edu/cooperative_extension/4h_youth_dev.htm