4-H and Youth Development

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The 4-H Program is open to youth in Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Find a club in Denton County!

Enrollment in Texas 4-H is completed annually via an online site called Texas 4-H Online.  There you set up a family profile and enroll anyone interested in participating in 4-H.  Once you have enrolled you are on our 4-H email list and will receive blasts and announcements of events and opportunities.  The registration link can be found at 4H Online (Click Here to download a 4-H enrollment tip sheet).

 

4-H membership begins when youth enter the third grade and ends at their completion of high school. The 4-H starts in September and ends in August each year. Texas 4-H requires youth to pay a $30 participation fee. There is a $5 discount for youth enrolling by November 1st each year.

In 4-H, the activities are organized by topics and called “projects”. All 4-H members must be enrolled in at least one project. When you choose a project, you will learn and demonstrate concepts related to the topic. You will participate in various hands-on activities, learn new skills, do community service, or even make speeches about your project. Browse the list of projects to see what you would like to do.

 

How to choose your 4-H project:

  • Select a project you like.
  • Consider the money and time it will take. Can parents/guardians help?
  • Consider the space and equipment that you have at home.
  • A 4-H project should be fun, serve a purpose, and be worth the effort.
  • Select only the number of projects you can complete.

 

Denton County may not currently offer a project, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start one! Look and see what each club in Denton County offers. Don’t see something you’re interested in? Contact your Club Manager or County 4-H Agent to learn how to get a project started.

Even after you graduate from high school, you can still be involved in 4-H as a Volunteer.  Volunteers are the heart of the 4-H program.  We can only offer as many clubs and projects as we have volunteers to lead or direct.

We are always looking for more volunteers so we can offer more opportunities to youth in Denton County.  Some volunteer opportunities are one time only, others are short term, and other volunteer opportunities can be for the entire year or more.  That is up to you and what you want to do. The volunteer enrollment fee is $10 and that covers the cost of a background check. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service no longer accepts outside background checks.

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More About 4-H

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities. More than 65,000 Texas youth are enrolled members of 4-H community clubs in Texas. Another 850,000 Texas youth get involved in 4-H through special educational opportunities at school, in after school programs, or at neighborhood or youth centers. These youth live in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural communities.


4-H gives them a chance to pursue their own interests – from photography to computers, from building rockets to raising sheep. A list of 4-H projects is available here. They go places – to camp, to state and national conferences. They learn to be leaders and active citizens.


In 4-H clubs, they serve as officers and learn to conduct meetings, handle club funds, and facilitate group decision-making. In a growing number of communities, 4-H youth serve as youth representatives in municipal or county government or as members of Teen Courts. They give back to their communities. 4-H members get involved in volunteer projects to protect the environment, mentor younger children and help people who are less fortunate.

4-H Pledge

I pledge…. my Head to clearer thinking,
my Heart to greater loyalty,
my Hands to larger service,
my Health to better living.
For my Club, my community, my country, and my world
 

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