The West Hawaii 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Extension Service, serving youth ages 5-19. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
4-H provides “Learn by Doing” experiences and supports youth in their development of essential life skills. Youth explore their interests through fun, engaging hands-on learning led by dedicated mentors/leaders.
Program topics include:
Civic Engagement – Community involvement is a critical element of the 4-H program, and many West Hawaii clubs participate in service projects in their communities or develop their own innovative service activities.
PHOTO: As part of Project C.R.I.B. (Creating Readers in Babies), members of the Busy Bee Buddies club wrap packages of books and educational materials for donation to new mothers at local hospitals.
Healthy Living – Health is a cornerstone of 4-H, and clubs often engage in cooking, gardening, and other projects that develop healthy habits for members and their families.
PHOTO: Club members from Mauka Stars learn to make onigirazu.
4-H activities and curriculum can explore almost any topic you can imagine, such as food & nutrition, sewing, photography, engineering & technology, environmental science, and animals. … and much more!
PHOTO: Members of the Fire Nation club plant in garden boxes as part of a service project at the HOPE Services homeless shelter in Kona.