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Joining Union County 4-H

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What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of young people across American who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills as they work in partnership with caring adults. It is an informal hands-on educational program that is committed to helping young people develop skills that will help them succeed. The program is open to youth between the ages of 5-18, of all racial, cultural, economic and social backgrounds, whether they live in the city or on the farm. To learn more about 4-H, visit our Union County 4-H Youth Development page

Why do youth participate in 4-H?

Union County 4-H provides hands-on learning opportunities for young people ages 5 to 18 years old in various ways, from public speaking and goal setting to showing livestock and coding robots. Youth participate in 4-H because it helps to evolve them into productive citizens through the life skills that they develop during their time in the program. Find a club perfect for your young person. You can learn all of what it means to be a member of Union County 4-H by exploring our new 4-H Member Handbook.

True Leader Atticus Ware shares what 4-H means to him

How can 4-H help you?

ways 4-h can help you

Union County 4-H supports the young people in our county through clubs, special interest events and activities, summer, and schools. Through each of these delivery modes, we are able to transform the lives of not only the youth that we serve but also the entire community. Find the perfect club for your young person.

For example, N.C. Cooperative Extension and Union County 4-H started our partnership with East Union Middle School in 2018 with the inaugural year of their Agricultural Technology program. Since its inception, Union County 4-H continues to be a standing partner to help with the execution and planning development of this program. As a result, sixty-one students gained more knowledge of agriculture in Union County. Camp Jumpstart facilitator and agriculture teacher at the middle school Morgan Mohlihan said, “At the beginning of the week, students said agriculture was about animals and plants. By the end of the week, they were telling me about science, technology, and robots behind agriculture. That was our goal.” During their school year, East Union Middle School introduced its AgTech Academy to students. As part of the initiative, sixth graders will explore agricultural technology, space, and artificial intelligence. In seventh and eighth grades, they will learn about sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and agricultural biotechnology. N.C. Cooperative Extension continues to serve as a supporting partner of the school through this initiative.