4-H is open to any person who is between kindergarten through their senior year in high school. According to the 4-H National Headquarters, 4-H is the largest out of school youth organization in the United States, serving over 7 million youth. Purdue University, namely the School of Agriculture, is responsible for the 4-H program in every county. More specifically, the 4-H Youth Development Educator, is responsible for the 4-H program in each county. Monroe County allows for youth to participate in the Mini 4-H program if they are in grades kindergarten through grade 2. Those youth may participate in one or more projects, educationally developed for their particular grade. Youth in grades 3 and above may participate in one or more projects in the "traditional" or "classic" 4-H program. Many of the projects done in the "traditional" program have the potential of feeding into the Indiana State Fair, should their projects win the proper awards at the county fair. A listing of projects may be found on the State 4-H Website.
For a more descriptive version of the Monroe County 4-H Program, please refer to the
4-H Program Guide.