4-H is a nationwide program that offers hands-on science, healthy living, and civic engagement programs backed by a network of 100 universities and a large community of volunteers and professionals. 4‑H programs and resources are available through 4-H’s CLOVER website or through local in-person and virtual 4‑H clubs, 4‑H camps, in-school and after-school programs. With the support of adult mentors, youth select from a wide variety of project ideas. All programs include mentoring and focus on career readiness.
- STEM: 4‑H STEM programs provide kids with opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math and are available through local clubs, schools and grant-funded programs. Focus areas cover topics such as computer science, robotics, aerospace, engineering, physics, chemistry, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, environmental science, and veterinary science. Sample programs include the STEM Challenge and Tech Changemakers.
- Agriculture: 4‑H agriculture programs equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in life, and are available through local clubs, schools and grant-funded programs. Focus areas include biology, environmental science, agri-science, and veterinary science. Many programs aim to combat hunger by teaching the skills to grow food.
- Civic engagement:4‑H civic engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. Youth learn about civic affairs, build decision-making skills, and develop a sense of understanding and confidence in relating and connecting to other people. Program areas include leadership and personal development, community action, and communication and expressive arts. Sample programs include True Leaders in Equity Challenge and True Leaders in Equity Institute,
- Healthy living: 4-H healthy living programming empowers youth to be healthy – body and mind – with the skills to make healthy decisions and lead healthy lifestyles. Having the confidence and skills to lead healthy lifestyles not only improves overall well-being; it enables youth to tackle life’s challenges today and become leaders in their lives, careers and communities as they grow into responsible adulthood. Program areas include social and emotional well-being; fitness, nutrition, and safety; and teen mentorship and leadership. Sample programs include Healthy Habits and Health Rocks.
In addition to programs, activities, and curriculum offered through its CLOVER website and local offices, 4-H offers two scholarship opportunities: the 4-H Youth in Action Awards and the 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards.
- 4‑H programs are available in every county and parish in the United States. Students who are interested can contact their local 4‑H office to find out which programs are available in their area.
- Opportunities are available year-round.
- Eligibility requirements vary by program.