The 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth outreach program of the land-grant universities' Cooperative Extension Services and the United States Department of Agriculture. 4-H National Headquarters at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides leadership in positive youth development in the areas of citizenship, healthy living, and science. 4-H emphasizes the importance of young people connecting to their communities; being well-informed and engaged in civic affairs; developing leadership skills; and preparing for college, work, career, and life.
Factsheets outlining national 4-H organizational policy and regulations related to 4-H Program Development. These documents and fact sheets supersede previous guidance or policies that have been issued by 4-H National Headquarters, NIFA, USDA. All documents are in PDF format unless otherwise noted
In this guest blog, Iowa State 4-H Youth Development program leader John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas takes a look at several ways 4-H is embracing the cultural diversity of its participating youth to make sure youth of color feel welcome as the U.S. student population grows more diverse.
National 4-H Week happens each October, a time when nearly six million youth celebrate their participation in 4-H. Every year, clubs around the country showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible things they do to make a positive impact in their communities.
These infographics highlight various aspects of NIFA's work in positive youth development.
4-H serves all communities by providing equitable access and opportunity for all youth, volunteers and staff.
4-H State Leaders Directory
A listing of those entities who have received authorization to use the 4-H Name and Emblem from the Division of Youth and 4-H.
Introduction to 4-H Name and Emblem federal regulations and application procedures to become an authorized user of the 4-H Name and Emblem.