4-H Citizenship

4-H Citizenship is the knowledge, skills, attitudes and motivation that give youth the capacity to move beyond one’s individual self-interest and to be committed to the well-being of some larger group. 4‑H citizenship programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.

General Information

Youth make a positive difference by engaging in learning opportunities that give them a heightened sense of responsibility and capacity to connect as active members of their communities, nation and world.


  • Civic engagement
    • Voice
    • Advocacy
    • Activism
    • Deliberative, informed decision making​
  • Service
    • Community service
    • Service learning
    • Community youth development
  • Civic education
    • Government principles, processes and structures
    • Personal roles and responsibilities
    • History and cultural heritage
    • Global understanding
  • Personal development
    • Leadership
    • Mutual respect and understanding
    • Character development
    • Critical thinking and problem solving

4-H National Headquarters leads the citizenship focus areas by providing educational opportunities for staff, leading the national 4-H citizenship team, and leading the premier civic engagement opportunity - National 4-H Conference.

Program Type:
Emphasis Area Program
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