4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 to 19.
Youth are involved in hands-on, experiential learning that allows learning by doing. All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills.
The 4-H program utilizes four primary delivery methods to educate youth. These methods include community clubs and school enrichment, special emphasis, and camping programs.
Three types of learning experiences are emphasized in 4-H youth development programs and activities: hands-on (making, producing, practicing, observing, etc.); organized activities (demonstrations, workshops, field trips, camps, etc.); and leadership/citizenship (conducting, planning, assisting, informing, organizing, etc.)
4-H offers learning experiences in more than 200 subject areas including: health, family life, photography, aerospace science, bicycles, natural resources, safety, horticulture and nutrition. In 2006, more than 300,000 youths were involved in 14,471 different clubs and groups.
For more information on 4-H, visit www.ohio4h.org.