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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.

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    2023 STEAM Festival

    November 18, 2022

    The third annual UMass 4-H STEAM Festival will kick off in December.  We will announce the new theme for the ShoeBox parade and some new classes being added.  See the November 18th NewsBlast on how to get involved.


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    Changes at the Helm

    October 15, 2022

    Dear UMass Extension 4-H Community,   

    I want to welcome you to a new 4-H year! I am positive this year will be filled with exciting educational opportunities for all members of our 4-H community. As 4-H staff, volunteers, and members, we are all stewards of the 4-H program, and it is our privilege to uphold the tenets of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. As a community that stretches from the western most point of the Berkshire Mountains to the eastern most point of the Cape-we offer a wonderfully rich and diverse 4-H program.

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    National 4-H Agri-science Summit

    July 17, 2022

    National 4-H Agri-Science Summit:

    The National 4-H Youth Summit for Agri-Science brings together teen agriculture and science leaders from across the country to focus on learning about and solving agri-science issues impacting our communities and our economy. Our 2022 team worked with several of the 2021 team to update their action plan and prepare.

    Our on the ground team consisted of Hope H. and Owen W. of Plymouth with chaperone Meg Riley, local 4-H Educator.