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About 4-H


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.

Learn more in the 4-H family handbook

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?

4-H is available throughout Minnesota in urban, suburban, tribal and rural communities. Find 4-H in your area.

Urban 4-H

The Urban Youth Development office is located on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. The mission of the office is to work with and on behalf of youth living in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburban and rural communities to measurably improve their learning, leadership, and global citizenship through educational programs and applied research. This mission is carried out through Urban 4-H programming in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

In Urban 4-H, we develop and share models and approaches to youth development in an urban context, where establishing solid community partnerships is our highest priority. With our partners, we build sustainable programs that meet the unique needs of urban youth.

Our signature curricula, Urban Youth Learn, Urban Youth Lead, and WeConnect, provide the foundations for Urban 4-H program development and support and are used by volunteers, interns, and partners to infuse concepts of learning, leadership, and global citizenship into their clubs, in order to impact youth issues.

Read the 2015-2016 impact report. (PDF)

Urban Youth Development office
475 Coffey Hall 1420 Eckles Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-7626

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:


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.

4-H pledge

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 wacadka

4-H WAXA AAN BALAN QAADAYAA in QALBIGEYGU noqdo mid nadiif ah,
NAFTEYDU daacad ahaato,
GACMAHEYGU adeegaan,
una noolado si CAAFIMAAD qabto ee qoyskayga,
naadiegyga, bullshadeeyda, wadankeeyga, iyo dunidaba.

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