Preparing Youth for Success

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects - anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

Gallia County 4H 

This is the largest non-school youth program in the county, with 923 of the county’s youth ages 5-18 enrolled in 4-H.  The county offers 56 clubs, run by 175 adults, including specialty clubs such as: horse, dog, and afterschool clubs. 4-H clubs provide positive adult/youth interactions focused around educational project experiences which include: the development of life skills, leadership development, healthy living skills, and effective communication. 

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at http://ohio4h.org.


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