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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.

flyer for writing contest

The Year Without a Summer: 4-H Projects in a Pandemic” is Massachusetts 4-H’s first literary magazine. An outgrowth of Mass4-H’s Spinning Stories pilot program, we want to hear about how you and your project have spent the season. We are looking for poetry (no more than 50 lines), short stories (no more than 1000 words), and artwork that tells a story about this summer from your project’s perspective.

Fair Logo Design

The Massachusetts State 4-H STEAM festival celebrates all our 4-H members who are Makers!

Exhibitors must be 4-H members who are enrolled and in good standing in the Massachusetts 4-H Program starting in September of 2020 through present. This includes Cloverbuds (ages 5-7), Juniors (ages 8-13) and Seniors (ages 14-18). 

The event will be open in February. Any items you make or create on your own, as part of a 4-H project, through the Winter Workshops or in any other way can be entered. All items will be judged and virtual ribbons will be awarded. The Awards program is scheduled to take place on Sunday March 14 (Pi Day!) 

Bitmoji Kitchen Classroom

 The 4-H Bitmoji STEAM Classroom is back for 2021! The classroom is for all ages; however, this year’s content is best suited for middle school to high-school aged youth (11-18 yrs.), and not recommended for Cloverbuds.  This class will focus on Citizen Science. How can we become better advocates for our world? 

We will learn about Recycling, upcycling, minimalism, green washing, biodiversity, water conservation, drones, reducing our carbon footprint and more! A better future starts with us, and it starts now with education and little changes we can make in our daily lives. Try out fun hands on activities and learn from experts in their field of study. All classrooms are self-paced and are accessible at your convenience.

As always prior content is archived and still available.  Sign up with Lauren DuBois at ldubois@umass.edu