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4-H Provides Life and Leadership Skills

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Did you know there are more than 220 4-H projects for kids?
And just what is 4-H?

Since 1902, 4-H youth development has been a key program that helps youth learn basic life skills, subject matter knowledge, leadership skills, how to get along with their peers and adults, and so much more!

Learning in 4-H means taking projects – AND it means doing hands-on activities to gain new knowledge. It’s making new friends. It’s learning and practicing leadership skills in a variety of ways. Learn more about what some of our teen members have been doing in 4-H. Then, chase your own interests. Check out what 4-H can mean to you and how to get involved!

We have several free fact sheets available on Ohioline to learn more about positive youth development-related topics related to club management, how kids learn by doing projects, and maintaining active youth involvement.

Any youth between ages 5-18 can experience 4-H – whether they live in the city, the country, or somewhere in between! In 4-H, our members “learn by doing,” and youth can explore any subject area. That can happen in a community-based club, an in-school or after-school program, or other special interest activities. Learn more today about what 4-H has to offer! Start by visiting for more information

There are also numerous ways that parents and other adult volunteers can get involved with 4-H and make a positive impact on many kids' lives. Learn more in this summary about Involving Parents in 4-H. You can also learn how volunteers and parents can facilitate 4-H member growth by Implementing "Learning by Doing" Strategies.

The Ohio 4-H Family Guide outlines the entire collection of Ohio 4-H projects for the current year. If you're a 4-H member with a great project idea of your own or someone who is ready to go beyond a current project book, consider doing a self-determined project.

There is something in 4-H for every kid out there! Check out this video! And then visit to get involved.

If you are a teen, you can also get involved with the Teen Leadership Council – a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming.

4-H Project Central is an easy online way for current and prospective 4-H members to preview Ohio 4-H project books and resources. You can take a closer look at a book, find out what others have to say, and share your experience at

Contact your local Ohio State University Extension office and the 4-H professional in the county where you reside.  They will suggest a community club, in-school or after-school program, and other activities that will best meet your child’s needs and interest areas. Find a list of county Extension offices here.