4-H Youth Development
4-H is a nationwide program led by state land-grant universities in cooperation with local county/district extension councils. In Kansas, 4-H is the largest youth educational program, aside from public schools. Each of the four H's on the clover represent ways youth can grow and develop in 4-H.
- Head: critical thinking, problem solving
- Heart: self-discipline, integrity, communication
- Hands: serving others
- Health: choosing healthy lifestyles
4-H is open to youth between the ages of 7 and 18 as of January 1st. The 4-H year runs from October 1st to September 30th. 4-H offers 35 different projects for youth to explore. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.
In the River Valley District, we have 27 Community Clubs and 1 Project Club. There are currently 596 youth enrolled in 4-H in our district.