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4-H’ers across the nation are responding to challenges every day in their communities and their world.

With a rich history and an expansive network reaching every corner of the country, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
Proven Results

The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is the first-ever research project of its kind. The decade-long study, completed by a team of researchers at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, Medford, MA, is influencing research and practice around the world.

The report shows that 4-H youth excel beyond their peers. 4-H’ers are about:
Four times more likely to make contributions to their communities(Grades 7-12);
Two times more likely to be civically active (Grades 8-12);
Two times more likely to make healthier choices (Grade 7);
Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10 – 12); and
4-H girls are two times  more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.
Unparalleled Reach and Scope

With 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, the 4-H movement supports young people from elementary school through high school with programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators. Fueled by research-driven programming, 4-H’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, citizenship and healthy living.
Leading by Example

The caring support of adult volunteers and mentors inspires young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world. 4-H’ers stand up for themselves and their communities.

These pivotal experiences build a foundation of leadership and skills for success in their future careers. Learn more about 4-H programs or find out how you can get involved.

*Information above found on www.4-H.org/about/
4-H in Sonoma County

Sonoma County 4-H Clubs are part of the University of California Cooperative Extension and State 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H is a dynamic, changing organization evolving to meet the needs of youth in a changing society and world.

The 4-H program was established in Sonoma County in 1926 to help provide clubs for rural youth. It was designed to teach better home economics and agricultural techniques, and to foster character development and good citizenship.

The program has slowly expanded to include urban and suburban youth. Today the national program has nearly 5 million youth involved in clubs, after school programs, day camps, school enrichment programs, and in other delivery methods addressing the needs of our changing society. All of these methods utilize project based learning to assist youth with life skills development.

The Cooperative Extension under the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources administers the 4-H program. Sonoma County Cooperative Extension is a cooperative program of the University, Sonoma County, and the US Department of Agriculture.

    4-H Mission, Purpose, and Goals
Whether youth participate in clubs, after school programs, day camps, or in other program settings, the 4-H mission, purpose, and goals remain the same… to help youth develop to their full potential!

4-H Mission
The 4-H mission is to “engage youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.”

4-H Purpose
The purpose of 4-H is to:
» Provide youth with learn-by-doing educational experiences.
» Strengthen families and communities.
» Foster leadership and volunteerism in youth and adults.
» Use research-based knowledge from the land-grant university system

4-H Club Goals
The goals of 4-H are to help young people:
» Develop skills that benefit youth throughout life.
» Acquire knowledge and skills and explore careers.
» Develop initiative and assume responsibility.
» Achieve satisfaction from work and accomplishments.
» Develop leadership and be of service to others.
» Choose from alternatives and plan satisfying lives.
» Develop the ability to live and work cooperatively with others.
» Develop positive self images.

*Information above found on http://cesonoma.ucanr.edu/Youth_Development/About_4-H/