Ontario County 4-H Youth Development

The 4-H Club Program emphasizes the development of life skills. Through participation, youth expand their communication, problem-solving and decision-making abilities. Involvement in public presentations is important in expanding these skills. Record keeping provides opportunities for using information to make decisions.

Youth care for and about others.
Community service projects contribute to learning more about others. These projects account for a substantial portion of the 4-H club experience and vary by community. In some communities, intergenerational projects are important and contribute to youth expanding their knowledge of elders. In others, they contribute to a clean and healthy environment.

Youth explore career choices.
Trips and hands-on experiences offer opportunities to observe and analyze career possibilities. Through projects, youth spend time with a person in a job that appeals to them.

Youth seek to learn, have fun, and make lasting friendships.
All youth want to have outlets for fun, and 4-H Clubs provide a variety of opportunities at the local, county, regional, state and national level.

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