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Time to enroll kids in 4-H today

February 15, 2019 GMT

Now is the time to start making plans for the new 4-H year by enrolling your youth in 4-H in 2019!

Clover Kids

If your child turns 6-8 years old this calendar year, there is the Clover Kids level of 4-H membership for them! Clover Kids do special projects designed for their age and skill level. Clover Kids may also exhibit projects and participate in contests at the county fair, receive comments and encouragement on their exhibits and a special Clover Kid ribbon.

4-H Members

The traditional 4-H program is designed for youth age 8-18 as of Jan. 1 of the current year. 4-H members at this level can choose from hundreds of projects and investigate careers and interests. If they try a project and decide they don’t like doing something, you might have just saved thousands of dollars in college tuition!


4-H uses a “Learning by Doing” approach so both children and adults learn through the program. There are a number of ways to be involved in 4-H. Traditional 4-H clubs are the life-blood of the program with 4-H members learning with their friends while parents and other caring adults guide them as 4-H Leaders in the projects and activities. There are also camps, after-school activities, school enrichment, and programs/events to help youth across the county and state become involved with the 4-H Program.

4-H youth and their family members are encouraged to attend meetings together. Work on projects can take place at home – in the yard or around the kitchen table – with guidance from Mom or Dad, an older brother or sister, neighbor, friend, or other adult. 4-H members thrive with the support and encouragement of their families. Growing together through 4-H enhances family strengths.

For over 100 years, youth and adults have been working together – learning, doing, growing, and serving. By enrolling in our program, your family will begin to receive information on program and workshop announcements through our monthly newsletter. Enroll today, don’t miss any fun opportunities! Contact the 4-H staff at 402-563-4901 for more information.

This article comes from a series of resources developed by Nebraska Extension, 4-H Youth Development Professionals. Learn more about 4-H at 4h.unl.edu, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Nebraska4H/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nebraska4h. For more information, contact the author – Jill A. Goedeken (jgoedeken2@unl.edu) or 402-563-4901.

Jill Goedeken is a 4-H and Youth Development Coordinator for Nebraska Extension-Platte County.