4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

The 4-H Youth Development program creates opportunities and supportive environments for youth and adults to become capable, competent and caring citizens. It is part of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H emphasizes "hands-on" learning that focuses on the youth's area of interest. Programs are conducted with the help of parents, adult volunteer leaders and professional staff who organize educational experiences. Youth participate in organized 4-H clubs, special interest and project groups, 4-H school enrichment programs, 4-H camp and other special activities. Anyone between the ages of 9-18 years old can join 4-H. We also have programs for younger and older audiences.

What is 4-H?

4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.  Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family.  Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. Kentucky 4-H believes in providing positive youth development experiences that all youth to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.  

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The four H's represent the idea of HeadHeartHandsand Health. These are the values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Head   Managing, Thinking

Heart   Relating, Caring

Hands   Giving, Working

Health   Being, Living

4-H Motto: "To Make the Best Better"

4-H Slogan: "Learn by Doing"


How does 4-H benefit youth?

4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:

  • Four times more likely to contribute to their communities. 
  • Two times more likely to be  civically active.
  • Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology  programs during out-of-school time.
  • 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Roxanne Lee

Extension Assistant, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Science

(270) 527-3285 rle273@uky.edu Marshall County Extension Office 1933 Mayfield Hwy, Benton, Kentucky 42025-0658

Lena D. Mallory

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

(270) 527-3285 lmallory@uky.edu Marshall County Extension Office 1933 Mayfield Hwy, Benton, Kentucky 42025-0658