Ohio’s 4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.
All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.
4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects – anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.
Research shows that youth who volunteer just one hour per week are 50% less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or engage in destructive behavior. Teen leaders involved as Junior Fair Board members, camp counselors, Junior Leaders and 4-H CARTEENS instructors provided more than 6,620 hours of volunteer service valued at $47,995 (based on student minimum wage of $7.25 per hour) to our county. The benefit of preventing destructive behavior by youth to the community is much greater.
You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at http://ohio4h.org.