4-H Youth Development
4-H POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
4-H welcomes young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, empowering them to create positive change in their communities.
4-H is the youth development program of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service conducted by Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities. It is an informal, hands-on education approach focusing on building lifelong learning skills that develop youths' potential through community clubs, special-interest groups, camps, in-school programs, and various project areas.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia 4-H has found new and engaging ways to educate youth through online activities, video conferencing, telephone guidance, and more. For example, 4-H Congress, which every summer attracts more than 450 youth from around the state to Blacksburg, has been moved to an online format. To learn more about these activities, visit your local 4-H chapter’s webpage, follow them on social media, and look at the Virginia 4-H Facebook and Instagram pages.
4-H is the largest youth development organization in Virginia, with more than 217,000 members. It is rich with learning experiences in which young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO START A CLUB, PROJECT, OR BECOME A VOLUNTEER, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL 4-H AGENT BY EMAILING ARMARTIN@VT.EDU