4-H Clubs

4-H Clubs provide a wide variety of opportunities for young people aged 5-to-19. More than XXX youth are enrolled in our 4-H Club program, in groups that are as varied as your imagination. Members of 4-H clubs are learning about environmental issues, veterinary medicine, science, engineering and technology (SET), sewing skills, healthy lifestyles, and having fun in the process!

If youth have a hobby or interest that they would like to explore, and enjoy being with friends, join a 4-H club where members learn something new while having fun, improving communication and leadership skills, and serving their community. If there isn't already a 4-H club that meets your needs, our 4-H staff can help a parent or adult volunteer organize and support a club.

The 4-H Club is an informal, educational youth opportunity, which serves as a “hands-on” laboratory for helping youth grow in any or all of the following ways.

  • Learning how to make thoughtful decisions
  • Developing a zest and skill for lifelong learning
  • Learning positive socialization skills by working in a group and as part of a team
  • Improving their communication skills
  • Learning and using technical skills
  • Acquiring confidence and positive self attitudes
  • Enhancing citizenship skills by developing an awareness and involvement in their community
  • Developing leadership and team work skills
  • Exploring possible careers
  • Learning time management and how to set priorities
  • Interaction with caring adults who act as role models and have a positive influence on their lives
  • Spend quality time with their parents / guardians in a positive setting

Types of Clubs

Neighborhood 4-H Clubs

Groups of Youth (5 or more) ages 5-19 with two adults (at least age 21) volunteer leaders. The group usually has similar interests and many times members reside in the same area or attend the same school. Clubs may restrict membership based on geographic location (due to the difficulty in communicating with members and parents);age (due to differing needs of youth at different ages);and size (due to limited amount of volunteers and other resources). Clubs meet at various times and locations based on the needs and interests of their members.

4-H School Clubs / After School 4-H Clubs

4-H Curricula is utilized within the classroom during regular school hours or in an after-school program outside of regular school hours. The group of youth who participate on a regular basis is considered to be a 4-H club. The classroom teacher and / or other resource people who teach the subject matter serve as club leaders

Sponsored 4-H Clubs

A government agency, religious group or other youth-serving organization may sponsor a 4-H club. Sponsored clubs usually meet at the agency’s facilities and are led by agency staff (paid and / or volunteer).

Contact

Rachel Williams
4-H/Youth Development Educator
rrw33@cornell.edu
315-539-9251

Last updated May 3, 2016