4-H Youth Development

Welcome to Madison County 4-H!

4-H is the nation's largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than 7 million 4-H youth in all walks of life.  4-H members engage in hands-on learning activities in all curriculum areas, including science, math, healthy living, and community service.  Members participate in public speaking through public presentations. Youth and adults work together as one. Members develop life long skills that help them succeed, they grow and contribute as active citizens through service and leadership.

The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development is to create supportive learning environments in which diverse youth and adults reach their fullest potential as capable, competent and caring citizens.


About 4-H Youth Development

By combining club project activities with opportunities to publicly show their work, travel to 4-H events, and help others though community service activities, 4-H provides a framework on which young people can build self-confidence, responsibility, and generosity. Studies confirm it. 4-H members are likely to excel in school, lead their peers and give to their communities.

Becoming a member in 4-H can take you places you have never been before! If you are between 5 and 19 years of age you can become a 4-H member.

As a member, you can:

  • Choose from hundreds of 4-H projects such as: animals, clothing, plants, food, community service, nature, science, woodworking, and many, many more!
  • Be an officer in your club, such as president, secretary or treasurer
  • Show projects and animals
  • Give public presentations at County Presentation Day and beyond when you qualify
  • Participate in state-wide events and trips

Younger children can still join 4-H as Cloverbuds.

Cloverbuds:

  • Are youth between 5 and 8 years old
  • Can join in on the same fun as the older kids
  • Make new friends and have fun learning
  • Can give a public presentation
  • Can show projects
  • Can become regular members when they reach third grade

What will I do in 4-H?

4-H members choose projects that interest them. Members attend regular meetings, are involved in public speaking and community service activities, and may serve as a club officer.

How much does it cost to join 4-H?

Joining 4-H clubs costs very little. Individual clubs may charge dues to cover expenses, and some project areas, such as photography and livestock, may require a small investment for supplies and equipment. Clubs get involved in annual county-wide fundraisers that help raise money for their clubs.

When I join 4-H, do my parents have to become leaders?

Parents don't have to become 4-H leaders when you join 4-H, but most leaders appreciate the assistance of parents or other adults. This help can range from being a project leader, to driving members to activities, to supplying refreshments for a meeting.

Interested in Joining? Click the "Join 4-H - Join the FUN" Link! 

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Last updated March 27, 2017