4-H and Youth Development

4-H and Youth Development

The four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands and health, and signify the development of the whole

person. 4-H is an informal, educational youth organization, and our county has a large and active program.

You’ll be involved in year-round project work and club and county activities, local community service

and learn valuable life skills through your 4-H participation.

Boys and girls in Kindergarten through grade 13 are eligible to join 4-H.

Most clubs also offer a Cloverbud Project for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Parents and adults are encouraged to be volunteer leaders.

4-H is open to anyone regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status.

NO Farm? No Problem!

Some people hesitate to join 4-H because they don’t live on a farm. When 4-H started in the early 1900s most people lived on farms, so some of the most important life skills for young people to learn were related to animal and plant sciences.

Some 4-Hers still choose animal and plant projects, but you don’t have to have animals or live on a farm to a 4-H member or leader!

About 80% of 4-H members live in cities, villages, or in rural non-farm homes. In addition to the traditional animal projects, projects are offered in many other interest area from archery and shotgun, to Lego robotics, to basketry, to remote controlled cars, to the arts, and everything in between!

The 4-H Way: Experiential Education & Learning Partnerships

Nationally, 4-H offers 125 4-H projects in 8 different subject areas, but all 4-H projects have 5 things in common.

  • First, since 4-H is a non-formal educational program that seeks to empower youth, 4-H projects are chosen by the young people who participate in them.
  • Second, whatever the particular project, all 4-H activities are designed to teach life skills that can be used long after the project is finished.
  • Third, the 4-“H”‘s stand for head, heart, hands, and health, emphasizing that the goal of 4-H is to educate the whole person. First

4-H Links

National 4-H

Wisconsin 4-H

Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Youth

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Livestock

Shop 4-H.org

If you have any questions regarding 4-H Youth Development in Manitowoc County, please contact:

Kendra Mahuna, Program Assistant

Division of Extension-Manitowoc County
705 Viebahn Street, Hillside Hall, H-122
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: 920-683-4167
Email: kendra.mahuna@wisc.edu

Katrina Pionek, 4-H Youth Educator

Division of Extension-Manitowoc County
705 Viebahn Street, Hillside Hall
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: 920-683-4172
Email: kmpionek@wisc.edu

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