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About 4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth volunteer Kelli Winkler demonstrates sign language for an eager young visitor at the Wisconsin State Fair.
4-H Youth volunteer Kelli Winkler demonstrates sign language for an eager young visitor at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Supporting and Empowering Young People

Teamwork Supports Youth

University of Wisconsin-Extension programs in 4-H Youth Development give young people a chance to learn new skills, gain self-confidence and contribute to their communities. 4-H youth development educators create real world experiences that teach leadership and citizenship skills. These experiences come to Wisconsin youth through more than 25,000 volunteer leaders in neighborhood clubs, schools and other community organizations.

An Eye to Our Future

4-H Youth Development programs emphasize:

Involved Youth, Better Communities

Everyone benefits when youth get involved in 4-H youth development.

What We Gain

When kids get into 4-H programs they gain a stronger sense of who they are and where they fit in our communities. They acquire a commitment to democracy and a passion for public work. They learn the democratic arts of negotiating differences and finding agreement. Adults who get involved learn to respect and value the contributions of youth. We all gain stronger, better connected communities.

Picture of 4hersWhat People Say About Us

“Doing community service projects through 4-H teaches youth leadership skills and social kindness.”

Door County 4-H Leader


“4-H helps youth become more responsible citizens. It helps develop their leadership skills and organizational abilities.”

Fond du Lac County 4-H Leader


“Young people who participate in 4-H Clubs do better in school, are more motivated to help others and achieve more than other youth who do not participate.”

Cornell University study on the value of 4-H

About Cooperative Extension in Wisconsin

Cooperative Extension is part of the University of Wisconsin System and a division of University of Wisconsin-Extension. Cooperative Extension helps people throughout the state acquire knowledge and skills to …

Extension people work in partnership with people in county, state, federal and tribal governments; community organizations; volunteers; business; and industry. With faculty in every county and on UW-campuses, Cooperative Extension gives Wisconsin citizens quick and convenient access to University research and knowledge.

4-H Youth Development is one of the Cooperative Extension programs. Others include Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family Living, and Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development.

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