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Youth Development and 4-H

Research and Outreach Interest Area:

Youth Development and 4-H

Resilient and Involved Young People Are the Future of Massachusetts!

Can we work together to help young people thrive and grow strong? There are almost 1.4 million young people under the age of 18 in Massachusetts and every one of them can benefit from positive opportunities to learn and explore together… Explore the natural world, explore topics of common concern, explore how to express themselves clearly, explore caring for animals or for communities.

How does our Center support youth? Through UMass Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program, young people learn skills for life and for work through ongoing 4-H clubs in their communities as well as short-term programs and 4-H camps. 4-H has a full schedule of events throughout the year including summer fairs, fall community service activities, winter workshops and awards programs and spring public speaking contests. Through the Massachusetts Envirothon, teams of high school students explore a common environmental topic for a school year and then, in the springtime, come together in a good-natured competition to make presentations and hear the responses from judges drawn from environmental fields. In both programs there are opportunities for many people in Massachusetts to become involved. Join us, and in the words of an early Massachusetts educator, be ambitious!

Other Resources

National 4-H Council
National 4-H Council is a partner with 4-H at all levels. Stop by here to shop the 4-H Mall, research about 4-H Alumni or find out more about 4-H.

National 4-H Headquarters 
Official guidelines for the name and use of the 4-H emblem and other 4-H programatic

The Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network contains a wealth of information for youth, parents and others working with children, youth and families.

Envirothon (national)

Massachusetts Ag in the Classroom
Resources for teachers and other educators that teach youth about agriculture.