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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.

STEAM Festival Flyer

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!) 

New flyer for Winter Forum

Massachusetts 4-H Presents: Virtual Winter Workshops open to 4-H and the public. Over two weekends, January 16 & 17 and January 23 & 24 Registration deadline has been extended to December 11, 2020 for those workshops in Red that need materials sent to participants and January 6, 2021 for those in yellow. Two weekends filled with fun and interesting workshops the whole family can enjoy. These workshops are free to enrolled 4-H members and screened volunteers, otherwise there is a $30 fee to participate.