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The 4-H Youth Development program of UNH Cooperative Extension strives to
create supportive program environments where youth have a sense of belonging and a
desire to grow in knowledge and skill

Key elements include:
caring adult leaders,
inclusive environments,
safe places,
opportunities to learn and master skills,
opportunities for youth to be active participants in their own future, and
practice leadership and service learning

Professional 4-H youth development educators located in each of New Hampshire’s 10
counties provide subject matter support, volunteer management and event planning for
the more than 20,000 school-aged youth involved in all aspects of the 4-H program. As
part of a national organization, NH 4-H is focused on three priority areas

4-H Healthy Living: Health is a core commitment
of 4-H and one of the H’s in the 4-H pledge. 4-H
hopes to “expand participation of youth and their
families in a dynamic process of healthy living
opportunities so they are physically, emotionally,
and socially prepared to meet the challenges of the
21st century.”
4-H youth in Manchester raised more than
5,000 pounds of vegetables for the NH Food
Bank in the summer of 2010. Most counties
have a strong youth gardening program

Afterschool programs report the approach of the 4-H Up for the Challenge Project is
“the only program that offers a combined wellness approach – nutrition, physical
activity, community service learning.” In 2010 772 youth and 129 adults statewide
participated in one or more program activity

Over 200 children will increase their time out
of doors by participating in 4-H Camp at
Barry Conservation Camp, in cooperation
with NH Fish and Game. Theme weeks this
summer include Hunter Education, Aquatic
Adventures, Shooting Sports, Walk on the
Wild Side, and the NH Natural Leaders

4-H Citizenship & Civic Engagement: 4-H Citizenship programs empower youth to be
well-informed citizens actively engaged in their communities and the world. By providing
them with opportunities to connect to their communities and adult leaders, youth gain a
clear understanding of their role in civic affairs and are able to build their decisions-making
ability. Volunteers from 183 4-H groups provided their perceptions related to the skills
learned and practiced by 3,098 4-H members during the 2009 program year

Statewide, 1,216 4-H adult volunteers
contributed 83,178 hours to 4-H groups and 4-H
activities. Using the 2009 Independent Sector
value of $20.80 per hour, this volunteer
contribution of 83,178 hours represents a value
of over $1.7 million in services to New
Hampshire’s youth

Statewide, three-quarters of the 4-H groups
involved 4-H youth in 669 community service
learning projects, including 341 projects done
by 4-H groups and 328 projects done by individual 4-H members. These projects were
guided by 622 adult volunteers

Deployment and later re-entry are major life
events that add stress and challenges to daily
lives of NH’s military families. Operation:
Military Kids (OMK) offers military children a
variety of 4-H educational and recreational
activities, educates the community about the
effects of deployment on children, engages
community partners in support efforts, and
prepares youth babysitters to provide voluntary
services to military families with young children

More than 1,800 service members who are Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard
deployed from NH in 2010 from all branches of the military

4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET): America faces a future of intense global
competition with a startling shortage of scientists. 4-H Science programs reach youth with
hands-on learning experiences to ensure global
competitiveness and prepare the next generation of
science, engineering, and technology leaders. 4-H’s
approach is comprehensive and holistic – from
agriculture to climate change to alternative energy –
youth are learning about highly relevant complex
systems and issues that will ensure their
contributions to their communities today and their
success as global leaders tomorrow

4-H Youth Development is strategically
positioned to connect with the research and
resources of higher education to better prepare
youth for critical emerging careers in science,
engineering and technology. 4-H has a long
history of engaging youth with programs in
agricultural science, electricity, mechanics,
entrepreneurship, and natural sciences

4-H NPASS (National Program for After School
Science) helps build confidence of after-school
leaders in their science literacy and ability to
lead science based lessons

Engineering and technology programs help youth
understand the importance of science, engineering
and mathematics in advancing our society. 4-H
programs in this area engage youth with
knowledgeable community mentors

4-H helps youth explore areas of interest and
careers, often influencing their aspirations for future
education and employment. Statewide, the 4-H
experience raised aspirations as over half the
youth gained confidence, tried new things and learned about career opportunities
they had not previously envisioned. Some members developed important workforce
preparation skills as they documented their 4-H effort and progress through record-
keeping activities and/or preparing a resume

The 4-H Foundation of NH
helps raise private dollars to support
the 4-H activities and events
throughout the state. They raise
dollars to support 4-H’ers who
represent NH at national leadership
conferences, national horse and
dairy events, state 4-H teen
conference and camp. A donation to the 4-H
Foundation of NH is also a donation credited to the UNH Foundation. To learn more about
the 4-H Foundation of NH, please see our website
http://extension.unh.edu/4H/4HFoundn.htm, or call Wendy Brock, Executive Director at
603-862-2187. You can also follow us on Facebook by clicking on the link on our web

What those in the program tell us…
“Other kids in my class hate giving oral reports. It is
easy after you have been in 4-H Public Speaking.”
One parent reported, “My son was a soft drink
drinker. He saw how much sugar is in one bottle and
stopped drinking it completely.”
A young girl attended a county 4-H event as a non-
4-Her. She took part in the many games and
activities and watched as her peers presented their
4-H demonstrations and speeches, and then received recognition for their 4-H
work. Driving home she told her mother, “That was the best time I’ve ever had. Sign
me up.”
In a survey completed by a cross-section of 141
youth from five NH counties, 86% think that
“healthy living” means making good decisions
about what they eat, 63% think it means
following safety rules, 80% think it means being
physically active, 77% think it means eating
more fruits and vegetables each day, 70% think
it means limiting the time spent watching TV or
playing computer games, and 67% think it
means eating fewer sugary drinks and snacks

The Rogue Robots 4-H club did its own fundraising and successfully sent a team to
the First Lego Robotics contest at Dartmouth College last fall. The five team
members from North Charlestown received a second place award for “Teamwork.”
The group has now been invited to Dartmouth and Cold Regions Research and
Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover to be mentored by their students and
staff. This is a wonderful partnership that is just beginning this fall, but it has the
potential to be life and career changing for the young people involved

“At State 4-H Teen Conference I can be myself – everyone accepts me for what I am

There is not the pressure I feel in school.”

Professional 4-H youth development educators located in each of New Hampshire’s 10 counties provide subject matter support, volunteer management and event planning for the more than …

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What is 4 h youth development program?

The 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to become competent, caring and contributing citizens of the world. This is accomplished by using the knowledge and resources of caring adults. The goals of the 4-H Youth Development Program are to:

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4-H.org is maintained by National 4-H Council. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation's Cooperative Extension System and USDA.

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4-H empowers youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Contact your county Extension office to learn about 4-H clubs, camps, and after school programs in your area. Learn about new programs and exciting educational content. The hands-on educational resources 4-H is known for are now available at home!

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