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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 2019 Vol. 9:2
2019 George Farley Scholarship Awarded
picture of scholarship recipient

4-H members receive George Farley scholarship.

Massachusetts 4-H Dog Show
4-H member and her dog

All 4-H dog project members are invited to participate on June 22.

MA 4-H Animal Science Academies
Vet Science

Do you love animals? If you answered YES, you should attend one of the animal science academies offered during the months of May and June at UMass Amherst.