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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.

August 29 dawned with great anticipation for a group of Massachusetts children and teens, as the first-ever Massachusetts Virtual 4-H fair got underway. This fair was unlike prior 4-H Fairs because no cows, sheep or horses displayed their groomed bodies or high steps in outdoor rings.  But according to staff, 4-H’ers, and parents, it still won a blue ribbon.

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Get a team together and get ready for a fun exercise challenge! Walk, jog, run, use your elliptical, ride a bike, ride a horse, rollerblade, or swim, just get moving!

4-H Across America is a program in which 4-H members, volunteers, and families exercise their way across America – “virtually speaking “- from Boston, Massachusetts to Sacramento, California.

This program is open to everyone in 4-H; youth, volunteers, parents and supporters. 4-H Across America will take place from May 15 - October 1, 2020.

There are currently no upcoming events.