4‑H is a Community for all Kids
In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us.
4‑H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. For more than 100 years, 4‑H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better.
Through life-changing 4‑H programs, nearly six million kids have taken on critical societal issues, such as addressing community health inequities, engaging in civil discourse and advocating for equity and inclusion for all.
Florida 4-H Impact
4-H is the only youth development program with direct access to technological advances from university research. According to the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development conducted by Tufts University young people in 4-H:
Report better grades, higher levels of academic competence, and an elevated level of engagement at school.
Are nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college
Are more likely to pursue future courses in a career in science, engineering, or computer technology.
The UF/IFAS Extension Florida 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. This mission is accomplished by creating safe and inclusive learning environments, involving caring adults, and utilizing the expertise and resources of the University of Florida and the nationwide land grant university system.
During the 2019-20 program year, Florida 4-H reached over 151,000 youth, ages 5-18, through 4-H clubs, school enrichment, camping, school age child care programs, etc.—with the help of more than 7,000 adult and youth volunteers trained by Extension 4-H Faculty statewide.