Get Involved in 4-H
4-H is the largest out of school youth organization in the United States with over 7 million youth members. There is Cooperative Extension staff responsible for 4-H programs in every county and city - so there's probably a 4-H program near you. Whether you live in a city, suburb or rural area, there's something for you in 4-H.
In most states, you can join 4-H if you are between the ages of 7-18. Some areas have special age-appropriate programs designed especially for younger kids. Check with your Cooperative Extension office to find out what projects and activities are available for youth your age.
Your Cooperative Extension office can help you to find a local club or program that's right for you. Or, it's easy to start a new club with some of your friends or other interested young people and a few adults willing to help.
Be a 4-H Volunteer
Adult volunteers play an important role in the 4-H program. Volunteers coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state, and national 4-H events. Over 500,000 teen and adult volunteers share their time and talents with 4-H youth. Call your local Cooperative Extension office to learn about how to apply and receive training to be a 4-H volunteer.