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4-H Facts

What is 4-H?


4-H is delivered by Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Youth complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture, and citizenship in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Youth ages 5-18 experience 4-H in every county in the country.



4-h’ers are… 4 times more likely to give back to their communities. 2x more likely to make healthier choices. 2x more likely to participate in STEM activitiesFor more than 10 years, 4-H has partnered with Tufts University to study the effectiveness of its youth development programs. This first-of-its-kind research study of 4-H’s unique hands-on approach gives youth the opportunities to learn by doing and build
life skills.


4-H in Washington State is available and active in all 39 counties. 4-H reaches kids in every corner of the state – from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities. Based on their interests and guided by adult mentors, youth develop their own pathway in 4-H through a community club model. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing opportunities for everyone.

By The Numbers

2016-2017 Program Year

55,663 Total Youth

6,593 Total Volunteers

Top Projects

Equine, Poultry, Rabbits, Swine, Robotics, Computers, Entomology, Gardening, Plant Science, Creative Arts, Photography, Outdoor Adventure, Clothing & Textiles, Backyard & Beyond, Exploring Your Environment, Wind Energy, Food $ense, Food Nutrition, Exploring
I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.


4-H Target Programs

4-h’ers participate in 5 million science projects annually, 2.5 million healthy living projects annually and 2.5 million citizenship projects annually4-H programs are grounded in the belief that youth learn best by doing.

Youth complete hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture, and citizenship in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.

Regardless of the project area, all 4-H programs include mentoring and career readiness as core elements.

Stem & Agriculture

4-H science programs provide 4-H youth the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and projects. 4-H science programs are available through local clubs, schools, local partnerships, and grant-funded programs. 4-H celebrates National Youth Science Week every October.

Healthy Living

4-H healthy living programs help 4-H youth learn how to lead lives that balance physical, mental, and emotional health. Focus areas for 4-H healthy living programs include nutrition, childhood obesity, drug awareness, bullying prevention, health and fitness, safety, stress management, and food science.


4-H citizenship programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. One unique learning opportunity for Washington State youth is the Know Your Government (KYG) program offered annually with a culminating event at the state capitol. The KYG program strengthens the connection between youth and our political and social networks through education, experience, application, and inspiration.


“I have learned many things in 4-H this year. I have learned
about working as a team, about speaking in front of people, and about making my community a better place.”

“At first I thought 4-H was for people with animals. Now that I’m in 4-H, I realize it’s so much more! It’s honesty, friendships, kindness, and working as a team. 4-H has truly helped me in more ways than I can count.”

For more information about the WSU 4-H Program, contact Nancy Deringer: