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4-H Youth 

4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT                              

What is 4-H?
4-H is the only federally authorized youth serving organization.  It is also the largest youth serving organization in the country.  It is a volunteer-led organization that reaches youth through a variety of programs in both rural and urban settings.  4-H provides fun, educational opportunities at the local, state, national, and international levels.  4-H programs are hands-on, age-appropriate, and university-based.  4-H helps youth improve their self-confidence; learn subject matter; and develop important skills including leadership, citizenship, communication, and decision making that can be applied over a lifetime.  For older teens, 4-H also offers opportunities to develop and test their leadership skills as 4-H volunteers and working with youth.  For adults, 4-H offers opportunities for training in a variety of areas including youth development, instruction, and more.  In Indiana, 4-H is part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, and Nationally, it is part of the Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Local leadership is provided by 4-H Youth Extension Educators and trained volunteers.  The program is supported financially by county, state, and federal tax dollars.

About Us!
Are you interested in joining 4-H or are you new to 4-H in Vanderburgh County?  Visit our New to 4-H page!  Find a complete list of clubs and their contact information here.  Find out more information about the Mini 4-H program for youth in grades K-2.


Member Forms: Find all the forms you might need for your 4-H activities on this page.  Scholarships and special offers/events available to 4-H members are also available here.

Enroll in 4-H by clicking here!


Project Resources: Find additional resources for completing your 4-H projects.  This is also where you will find record sheets, skill sheets, etc.


Check out the 4-H Link, our monthly newsletter!  Keep up to date with all the happenings in Vanderburgh County. Prepare your family's calendar by checking out all of the 2014 county events on the 2014 Calendar of Events. 2014 Monthly Calendar


4-H Handbook: The rules and regulations for all 4-H projects and events in Vanderburgh County in 2014.  It is important to read and understand the portions of the Handbook that apply to your projects.  Check out our project resources page to find resources for completing your 4-H projects.

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Adult Volunteers: Adult volunteers can find a variety of information/forms on this page.


Club Resources: Find resources for your 4-H club.


Look at all the fun we have at 4-H Camp!


Do you think 4-H is always expensive?  Check out this publication developed by the Area 5 Economic Issues Team to learn about ways to complete your 4-H projects without breaking the bank!


4-H Videos: Check out 2010 4-H Camp!


School Enrichment Programs: If you think 4-H is just pigs, cows, and the county fair, think again!  Find out about all the exciting programs available for youth.  These programs are aimed at schools, but would work for any group of youth!  This resource is commonly known at the Red Book.


Purdue Extension suggests the following links for information on 4-H Youth Development:

Indiana 4-H - County Fair dates, events, contacts and volunteer information.