4-H Youth Development
4-H Youth Development
4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
How does 4-H benefit youth?
4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:
- Four times more likely to contribute to their communities.
- Two times more likely to be civically active.
- Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
- Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time.
- 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.
What is 4-H?
4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family. Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. Kentucky 4-H believes in providing positive youth development experiences that all youth to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.
4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The four H's represent the idea of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. These are the values members work on through fun and engaging programs.
Head Managing, Thinking
Heart Relating, Caring
Hands Giving, Working
Health Being, Living
Cloverbuds is our youngest group of 4-H'ers comprised of 5-8 year olds. This age group meets once a month to learn, listen, and do! Contact the office if you would like your child to participate. There is often a waiting list for this club so make sure to complete an enrollment form and turn in to our office as soon as possible to secure a spot. Meetings are held during school months and not during the summer. We do however have Summer Day Camps that they can participate in as well!
The 4-H Horse Program in Kentucky is designed to reach youth that has a passion for horses, whether they own one or not. The program offers a variety of areas that the 4-Hers can be involved, learn valuable skills, and make friends for life.
To participate in state-level 4-H events you must be a member of your county 4-H Horse club and complete 6 hours of education through the club's certified volunteer leader.
The shooting disciplines that are available include .22 rifle and pistol, shotgun, archery, black powder rifle and pistol, B.B. and air gun rifle and pistol.
What are the objectives of 4-H Shooting Sports? The 4-H Shooting Sports Program strives to enable young people, their parents and adult volunteers to become responsible, self-directed and productive members of society.
What do 4-H youth learn in Shooting Sports? The program teaches young people the safe and responsible use and the fundamentals of shooting firearms, as well as the care of equipment. Shooting sports promote responsibility, decision making and identifying realistic personal goals.
What are the expectations of shooting sports coaches? To teach safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment including sound decision making, self-discipline, and concentration. And to promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior.
Who is eligible to join 4-H Shooting Sports? The program is open to youth ages 9 - 19 years old. The youth must enroll in 4-H as a member of the 4-H Shooting Sports Club.