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In 4-H, youth learn life skills that they need to be successful, both as children and as adults. These skills include communication, decision-making, problem solving, sharing and conflict resolution skills. They do this through a project, which is a subject area of interest. This project could be dog, crafts, photography, horse or fitness, just to name a few.

Youth learn through the experiential learning model in 4-H, also known as “hands-on” learning. This process has youth engaged in an activity and then allows time for sharing and processing the information gained through the activity. The volunteer club leader guides young people through the process.

This learning takes place at the club level in towns and cities throughout Massachusetts. Educational activities and competitive events occur at the county or regional level. Youth have the option to participate in these. There are also state level educational activities and competitive events. In most cases, youth must qualify for the statewide competitive events through a county or regional competition.

The Massachusetts 4-H program is focusing its resources in three areas: these are science, engineering and technology (including animal science); communications; and citizenship (including leadership and community service). A network of programs and events is available in these areas to support 4-H club members and volunteers. For additional information about programs available in these areas, see: