4-H is one of the oldest and most effective programs of non-formal education in Hawaii. The 4-H classroom is a world of real hands-on projects and demonstrations, leadership development, and personal economics. 4-H teaches pride in workmanship and accomplishments, personal interaction with peers, and respect for the environment.

4-H assists young people in developing life skills and in forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. 4-H strives to help young people “make the best better” through programs that emphasize learning by doing. 4-H touches approximately 35,000 young people annually throughout the State of Hawaii.

4-H helps young people develop quality friendships with adults and peers and teaches youth important life skills such as leadership, decision-making, and personal-coping skills and helps them acquire and use knowledge. 4-H is a program about our future, our youth-an organization that is constantly changing to meet the needs of young people in today’s world.

4-H is for youths age 5-19 from all racial, cultural, economic, and social backgrounds. Popular projects today are food & nutrition, clothing, health, safety, environment, and leadership. New projects range from aerospace to theatrics to food safety. 4-H members may also learn about livestock, crops, forestry, marketing, and machinery. Other projects are electricity, environmental protection and conservation, photography, public speaking, woodworking, entomology, small engines, and personal development.

4-H involves young people everywhere. They meet in homes of members or their leaders, in schools, or in other community buildings. 4-H is found wherever professional Cooperative Extension Service personnel and CES volunteer leaders are available to conduct the program. Flexibility is the key to today’s 4-H projects-flexibility is the kinds of learning offered and in the variety and scope of projects. Please see our Contact page to find out how to participate in a 4-H program near you.