The four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health, and signify the development of the whole person. 4-H is an informal, educational youth organization, and our county has a large and active program. You’ll be involved in year-round project work and club and county activities, local community service and learn valuable life skills through your 4-H participation.
Youth in 4-H join one of Milwaukee County’s local 4-H clubs. Clubs typically hold monthly meetings plus many other events throughout the year including: parties, picnics, outings, community service opportunities, and much more! Members interested in being more involved can become club officers where they have the responsibility of planning events and programs. In addition to club meetings, 4-H members can also enroll in a variety of projects. Projects include archery, ceramics, model horse and horseless horse, scale models, rocketry and many others. Projects are organized at the club level, county-wide level or through independent study. See the leaders Council Calendar of Events to get an idea of what we have to offer.
Boys and girls in 3rd grade through grade 13 are eligible to join 4-H. Most clubs also offer a Cloverbud program for 5K through 2nd grade. Parents and adults are encouraged to be volunteer leaders. 4-H is open to anyone regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, disability, religion or ancestry.
No Farm? No Problem!
Some people hesitate to join 4-H because they don’t live on farms. When 4-H started in the early 1900s most people lived on farms, so some of the most important life skills for young people to learn were related to animal and plant sciences. Some 4-Hers still choose animal and plant projects, but you don’t have to have animals or live on a farm to be a 4-H member or leader! 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills for the 21st century.
For more than a century, 4-H has been a leader in youth development, giving young people throughout the state an opportunity to learn new skills, gain self-confidence and contribute to their communities. Using real-life experiences from a team of devoted educators and volunteers, 4-H members benefit from leadership training, community-building experiences and experiential-learning opportunities to better their own lives and the lives of the people around them.
The wide array of 4-H Youth Development programs enriches the lives of participants and their families and strengthens Milwaukee County through volunteer service, civic involvement and leadership development.
4-H Youth Development Educator
Gen’l number: (414) 256-4600
Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension
4-H Youth Development
9501 West Watertown Plank Road, Building A
Wauwatosa WI 53226-3552
Fax: (414 )256-4646
Relay Dial: 711
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Links to 4-H Youth Development Resources
- Wisconsin 4-H- A program of the University of Wisconsin-Extension
- National 4-H Supply – Purchase 4-H project curriculum and 4-H merchandise here!
- National 4-H Council
- National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Washington D.C.