Preparing Youth for Success

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.

Erie County 4-H clubs are required to turn in their enrollment forms by April 1st! You must be signed up with a club, pay the activity fee and chosen your projects by this time. Contact the Erie County OSU Extension Office for interest in joining a 4-H club. Based on your location, interests, and age, we will give you contact information for club advisors. Some 4-H clubs begin meeting in February or March to help new members select projects and answer questions. 

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at http://ohio4h.org.


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