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Mass 4-H

Massachusetts 4-H is a youth development program open to all young people ages 5 through 18 throughout the Commonwealth. It is part of a nationwide system connected to each land-grant institution of higher education and as such, has access to a wealth of resources and curriculum. In Massachusetts, 4-H is based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has offices in seven regions of the state.

Based on the Eight Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development, 4-H helps young people learn life skills under the guidance of trained, screened volunteers in non-formal educational settings such as clubs, camps and afterschool programs. These Essential Elements can also be viewed as the Five “C’s” – Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character and Caring.  When young people work on these characteristics they demonstrate a Sixth “C”: Contribution to self, family, community and the institutions of a civil society.

Current Newsletter: Mass 4H Newsletter 2016 Vol. 6:3
4-H Summer of Science

Learning about sorting fruit for jam
The UMass Extension 4-H Youth Development program was in full gear June 26-28 as they engaged 59 students from across the state in active hands-on learning on the campus at UMass Amherst.

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The 4-H STEM Ambassador program

The 4-H STEM Ambassador program was launched this summer by the Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H STEM Ambassadors are college students who are interested in facilitating hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities with youth ages 8-14.

“Your Future Starts Now”

Lauren DuBois Lauren DuBois, our 4-H Extension Educator working in the Springfield-Holyoke region, is one of the facilitators of a new collaborative 4-H program in Springfield.