Union County 4-H Youth Development
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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.
4-H IS POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
4-H members participate in learning by doing projects that are created to fit their needs at different ages. Through a variety of projects – from healthy cooking and nature exploration to STEM and horse husbandry – 4-H gives young people opportunities to learn life skills, to practice them, and to become confident in their ability to use them in the future. 4-H teaches young people how to meet their needs for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity in positive ways. Specifically, 4-H programming is building on four essential elements which are the Head, Heart, Hands, and Health of the program.
WHY DO YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE 4-H?
Youth enjoy participating in the 4-H youth development programs because they are able to receive experiential learning opportunities on various topics that they may not necessarily receive at school. The topics range from aerospace, zoology, civic engagement, leadership, sewing, livestock management, and many others. The youth have an opportunity to take advantage of leadership roles, develop lasting friendships with likeminded youth, travel to different conferences and camps, develop new skills, receive awards and recognitions that can be a benefit in their future and mostly, they can decide what they want to learn and how.
4-H IS A GAME CHANGER
Youth who participate in 4-H are inspired to do more for their community, make healthier choices, and participate in STEM activities. 4-H youth development is a game-changer because youth who participate in the program are forever changed by the impact.
“4-H has inspired me to look outside my small community for better understanding of the world around me and what I can do to change it for the better.” – Madison Evans, Southern Ark Explorers Club Member
You learn more about other 4-H members’ experience in Union County 4-H’s True Leaders which features various members answering questions about leadership and how 4-H has inspired them to be who they are today. 4-H inspires kids to do through a combination of its core mission areas and essential elements. The center is focused on clubs. Union County 4-H has fifteen active clubs geared towards different areas.
Union County 4-H is a part of N.C. Cooperative Extension, a joint organization with NC State University and N.C. A&T State University, which provides research-based information for youth, families, and local stakeholders.