Urban 4-H Youth Development


Urban 4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills as they work in partnership with caring adults. What does that mean? In 4-H professionals are committed to helping young people develop skills to help them succeed and reach their full potential.

4-H Is Positive Youth Development. In 4-H, youth learn by doing projects that are designed to fit their needs at different ages. Through a variety of projects—from food and forestry to rockets and rabbits—4-H gives children and teens opportunities to learn life skills, to practice them, and become confident in their ability to use them in the future. 4-H teaches young people how to meet their needs for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity in positive ways. More specifically, 4-H programming is built around Eight Essential Elements, sometimes also called the Eight Key Elements.