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4-H Youth Development

Kansas 4-H is the youth development program for K-State Research and Extension.  Through 4-H's educational mission, we help youth to learn by doing.  In 4-H, we are committed to providing positive experiences for as many young people as possible.  While 4-H is a network of families that grows great kids, it is more than that.  4-H helps youth to learn life skills and to reach their full potential in becoming engaged adults who make valuable social and economic contributions in their communities.

4-H is a unique organization, in that it is the only youth development organization with oversight and sponsorship by the federal government.  At the federal level, 4-H is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  

The federal government partners with the land-grant university of each state.  In Kansas, that is Kansas State UniversityK-State Research and Extension administers the 4-H program in cooperation with local Extension governing units located in all 105 counties.

 

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   Head, critical thinking, problem solving;

   Heart, self-discipline, integrity, communication;

   Hands, serving others; and

   Health, choosing healthy lifestyles.

   

 

 Online 4-H Member Enrollment

It's that time of year again! 4-H Member Enrollment will be done online again this year. You can enroll/re-enroll anytime after October 1. The Club with the most enrollments/re-enrollments by November 15 will receive a pizza party!

All enrollment will need to be completed online at https://ks.4honline.com for new and re-enrollments. Remember the State 4-H Office has a $15 per member fee. At the end of each 4-H enrollment there will be a screen concerning the fee and payment options. Options on the screen the fee and payment options. Options on the screen will include: debit/credit card, check, sponsor and waiver. If you have more than one child and do not want several debit/credit card transactions you will need to indicate check or sponsor otherwise each will be its own transaction. If your club has voted to pay for their member's fee, you will select "sponsor". (Please let us know if your club or someone else is sponsoring your fee. Remember: Enrollment will not become active until the State 4-H Office has received payment of the fee.

It is very important to keep your phone numbers current and list your service provider in the online system. This is our means of communicating with you if you want to receive text messages and phone calls. Also if you would like your kids to receive the newsletter by e-mail, list their e-mail address in the individual profile information. This will allow 4-H'ers as well as families to receive newsletters.

If you can't recall which e-mail address you used to set up your account, give the Extension Office a call and we will help you out. Do NOT create a new family account. There are instructions online for re-enrolling.  

Click here to enroll

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About 4-H

4-H History

 What is 4-H?

  • 4-H is a commitment by youth to become involved in assisting their own growth and understanding of themselves, their families, and their work.
  • 4-H is a commitment by parents to become involved in their children's lives during a critical time of growth in understanding themselves and the world they live in.
  • 4-H is a commitment by the community, through the Extension system, to assist parents and youth (families) while they grow individually and together in understanding themselves and their world.

We teach kids from all backgrounds how to become well-rounded individuals. We do that by teaching the four H's:

Head - Make sound decisions, stick with your goals and develop practical skills.

Heart - Act with integrity and accountability.

Hands - Put the needs of the community first and commit to serving others.

Health - Actively take care of your mind and body.

 

WHAT WILL I DO?

4-H centers around projects. Members choose from a wide range of individual projects based on their interests and community availability. Through these projects, members set goals, learn the necessary skills, and exhibit or demonstrate their skills at events, like the county fair, speaking contests and competitions.