Minnesota 4-H programs serve youth across our state in communities of every size, with the finest youth development programs in the country.
The Minnesota 4-H Foundation believes all young people should have the opportunity to gain the life skills they need to succeed. We ask you to join the effort to empower today's youth in discovering their potential by supporting our work.
4-H teaches four essential elements to positive youth development – mastery, belonging, generosity, and independence – which are also embodied in the 4-H pledge, in which youth voice their commitment to “clearer thinking” (head), “greater loyalty” (heart), “larger service” (hands), and “better living” (health).
4-H is Minnesota’s largest youth-serving program providing young people with access to positive youth development and leadership programs in all 87 counties. 4-H is delivered throughout Minnesota in urban, suburban, and rural communities. With 130,000 annual youth participants, 4-H reaches nearly 13% of all Minnesota youth between the ages of 5-19. And, each year, 12,000 adult volunteers contribute more than 1.1 million hours of service to support the positive development of Minnesota’s youth.
In 4-H, youth design and participate in their own education and activities from raising dairy cows to building rockets or writing musical plays. This unique, learn-by-doing model teaches kids essential skills needed to succeed in life, such as problem-solving, decision-making, communicating, and responding to the needs of others.
As a program of University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota 4-H’s research-based curriculum includes a focus in four major areas in order to ensure positive youth development and quality learning opportunities for youth to explore their interests during out-of-school time. These areas are:
4-H Science: Youth actively engage in programs including water quality, robotics, biofuels, wind power, and wildlife biology.
Animal and Agricultural Science: This project is at the core of 4-H’s beginnings. Today’s youth explore information technologies, ethics, manufacturing, marketing, and careers in agricultural and animal science fields.
Citizenship/Leadership: Youth learn the leadership skills to become responsible citizens and contribute to their communities today and in the future.
Healthy Living: Healthy living programs support the mental, physical, and emotional health of our youth. The programs address such critical issues as childhood obesity, substance abuse, and physical safety.
If you'd like to designate your gift to a specific county 4-H program, you can do so. After you click "Donate Now," there will be an option titled "Designate this donation for a specific cause." Just write in a county or program, and we will make sure your gift goes to the right place!