Minnesota 4-H grows true leaders
In 4-H, young people build the skills they need for a lifetime; they learn and lead with the support of caring adults. In 2016-2017, nearly 140,000 Minnesota youth and more than 22,000 adult volunteers engaged in 4‑H experiences. Our state report explains the impact of 4‑H in Minnesota.
What can I do in 4-H?
We have something for everyone! 4-H activities are open to youth in kindergarten through one year past high school in hundreds of locations across the state. Many 4-H'ers choose to join a club. In clubs, small groups of youth and volunteer leaders meet regularly to work on projects, serve their communities and build leadership skills. Youth may choose to take part in short-term experiences, such as summer camp, a team preparing for a single competition or an animal training day.
Youth can design their own activities or take part in a structured one. Our unique, learn-by-doing model teaches young people essential skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping, communicating and teamwork.
Whether they're building rockets, raising dairy cows or writing musical plays, 4-H gives youth the skills to lead for a lifetime.
How can I get involved?
For more information about joining Minnesota 4-H as a participant or volunteer, fill out this brief questionnaire and we'll get in touch with you.
Where is 4-H?
Who is in Minnesota 4-H?
In 2017, more than 69,000 Minnesota youth took part in an Extension youth development program, representing all areas of the state:
- 34% Rural/Towns (Fewer than 10,000 people)
- 32% Town/Cities (10,000-50,000 people)
- 22% Farm
- 9% Suburbs
- 3% Big cities (50,000+ people)
Most local programming is led by caring adult volunteers. Volunteers are screened and receive ongoing training. With the help of local staff, they guide youth learning using research-backed curriculum. In 2017, more than 11,000 adult volunteers gave more than 1 million hours of service to support the positive development of Minnesota's youth. Learn more about volunteering with 4-H.
I PLEDGE my HEAD to clearer thinking,
my HEART to greater loyalty,
my HANDS to larger service,
and my HEALTH to better living, for my family, my club, my community, my country and my world.
El compromiso 4-H
Yo me comprometo a que...
Mi CABEZA piense mas claramente,
Mi CORAZON tenga mas lealtad,
Mis MANOS den mas servicio,
y Mi SALUD sea para vivir mejor
para mi familia, mi club, mi comunidad, mi país, y mi mundo.
4-H WAXA AAN BALAN QAADAYAA in QALBIGEYGU noqdo mid nadiif ah,
NAFTEYDU daacad ahaato,
una noolado si CAAFIMAAD qabto ee qoyskayga,
naadiegyga, bullshadeeyda, wadankeeyga, iyo dunidaba.