April 24, 2014

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What is Kentucky 4-H? Print E-mail

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Kentucky's 4-H Youth Development program has more than 225,400 members, ages nine through 19.

This program creates opportunities and supportive environments to help (County Name) youth become productive citizens who serve as catalysts for positive changes that meet the needs of a diverse and changing society.

Youth can choose from about 100 projects and related educational activities.  Through these experiences, 4-Hers master a number of skills that will benefit them throughout their lives; interact with diverse groups of youth and teenage and adult volunteers through Kentucky and beyond its boundaries; become self-starting, independent-thinking citizens who make significant contributions to their communities by doing and by example; and develop into capable, competent and caring citizens.

4-H programming is developed by county Extension agents and state specialists with Cooperative Extension in cooperation with councils, volunteers, community organizations and local and state governments.  Our county 4-H program is administered at the state level by Cooperative Extension, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and Kentucky State University.

More than 24,000 adult and teenage volunteers work with a corps of Extension professionals to provide leadership for Kentucky's 4-H Youth Development program. Volunteers fill diverse roles ranging from coordinating specific activities and events to serving as leaders of community-based 4-H programs.  Through their involvement in planning, carrying out and evaluating 4-H programs, volunteers have multiplied the efforts of Extension professionals many times over.

For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteering, contact the Pendleton County Cooperative Extension Service office.