4-H is the youth development component of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and aims to build citizenship, leadership, life skills, and responsibility in youth through positive experiential learning programs. As part of 4-H, youth are able to learn about the projects that interest them. 4-H Youth has over 40 project areas to select from.
4-H is open to all youth at least 8 years of age and in grades 3-12. Our K-2 youth program is called Clover Kids. For Clover Kids there are a set list of project areas for them to be involved in District 10 4-H is made up of over 10,800 youth from twenty-one counties in southwest Texas. Most participants connect to 4-H through their local community or school 4-H clubs, where they are guided by adult 4-H volunteers who serve as club and project leaders.
Studies have shown that 4-H participants from grades 7-12 are roughly 4 times more likely to make contributions to their communities than their non-member peers. They are about twice as likely to be active in civics from Grades 8-12. 4-H youth from grades 10-12 are twice as likely to participate in science, engineering, and computer technology programs during out-of-school time. Meanwhile, 4-H girls in 10th are twice as likely to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities. That statistic increases to 3 times for STEM extracurriculars by Grade 12.