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4-H Program

Why join 4-H?

  • 4-H is the largest youth development program in the nation!
  • 4-H provides opportunities for youth to build confidence, learn to be responsible, and develop skills that will last a lifetime!
  • Make new friends and share a role in 4-H’s unique youth-adult partnerships!
  • Discover your passion through a variety of projects, ranging from rabbits to rocketry! You name it, we have it. If we don’t, we’ll start our own project, together!
  • Youth leadership opportunities range from leading your club as an officer, guiding others in a project as a junior/teen leader, earning your way to become a 4-H County Ambassador, and much more!
  • Make a difference in your club, community, country, and world through various citizenship projects!
  • Travel! 4-H offers educational leadership conferences such as California Focus, Washington Focus, National Conference, National Healthy Living Summit, and so much more.
  • The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development has proven that 4-H’s “learn by doing” approach allows 4-H members to excel beyond their peers. 4-H members are:

                - Nearly 4x more likely to make contributions to their communities

                - About 2x more likely to be civically active

                - Nearly 2x more likely to participate in science programs during out-of-school time

                - Nearly 2x more likely to make healthier choices

For more information about our Imperial County 4-H program, please view the tabs on the left, or contact our office at 1-442-265-7700. The Handbook for Families, created by the University of California 4-H, provides detailed information about the 4-H program.

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What does "4-H" represent?

The four key components of the 4-H Youth Development Program are:

Head: Exercising independence through 4-H leadership opportunities and projects allows youth to mature in self-discipline and responsibility, as well as learning to understand themselves better.

Heart: The 4-H program cultivates a strong sense of connection and belonging, giving youth the opportunity to feel safe physically and emotionally while actively participating in a group.

Hands: Within the 4-H program, youth connect with communities, learn to value generosity, and give back to others.

Health: 4-H helps youth to feel and believe that they are capable of solving problems and meeting challenges to develop their self-confidence while learning to maintain a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is an educational program of the University of California Cooperative Extension and is made available through a partnership of county, state, and federal governments. The program creates positive opportunities for youth to develop life skills and become engaged in their local communities.  4-H combines the efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, and University staff and faculty to create a fun, hands-on learning approach to a non-formal education.  An emphasis is placed on learning citizenship, leadership, and life skills.

By exploring 4-H projects and activities, youth develop a sense of mastery, gain life skills and are more equipped to make positive career and life choices.

We sincerely hope you choose to become a part of the largest youth development program in the nation!

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It is the policy of the University of California (UC) and the UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities.

Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies may be directed to UC ANR, Affirmative Action Compliance & Title IX Officer, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618, (530) 750-1343.

If you need special accommodations, please contact us:
(760) 356-3589 TY-TDD

Download the 4-H ADA Accomodation Request Form