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How do I join 4-H?

Your local county Extension office is your key to getting started in 4-H. They can tell you which 4-H clubs already exist in your county, the projects that are being worked on, how to start a new club, or how to participate on your own.

What is the mission of 4-H?

4-H Youth Development Education creates supportive environments for culturally diverse young people and adults to reach their fullest potential. In support of this mission, we will:

  • Provide formal and non-formal community-focused experiential learning
  • Develop skills that benefit young people throughout life
  • Foster leadership and volunteerism in 4-H'ers and adults
  • Build internal and external partnerships for programming and funding
  • Strengthen families and communities
  • Use research-based knowledge and land-grant system to provide quality programming for young people and adults. 
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News

A woman scrapes vegetable scraps off a cutting board into a countertop compost bin.
Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Natural Resources, Waste Management February 21, 2024

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Many of the practices associated with sustainability, such as recycling, can be extended into the garden. Composting is a way to help reduce organic waste that goes to the landfill and helps feed gardens. These organic materials, which include grass clippings, leaves and other yard wastes, account for about 30% of trash that goes to the landfill.

A teenage boy poses with a goat.
Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Join 4-H February 9, 2024

JACKSON, Miss. -- Hinds County 4-H’er Mason Williams had already represented Mississippi in a national competition less than a year ago, so showing animals in a statewide event was no sweat.

A man looks on as a child controls a remote for a drone.
Filed Under: 4-H, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Youth Projects November 29, 2023

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service Center for 4-H Youth Development recently received a grant that will help close the digital divide in the state. The one-year, $53,000 grant from the National 4-H Council and Verizon will help implement the 4-H Tech Changemakers program. The program enlists 4-H members to teach digital skills that can provide more opportunities, including better jobs, to adults in their communities.

Success Stories

A woman, smiling, holding a 4-H flag and 4-H trophy and standing in front of several 4-H plaques affixed to the wall.
Volume 9 Number 3

She grew up in the 4-H youth development program in Indiana, and her husband was in Ohio 4-H. Fast-forward a few years, and Inez Saum became a volunteer leader for Mississippi 4-H.

A keeling man wearing glasses and a kilt, holding an archery bow.
Volume 9 Number 3

“Slow down. Relax. Focus. Find your balance. Imagine your problems are the arrow, but you are the bow. The string is God’s power, handling all the work. The bow holds the string that shoots the arrow.”

A woman, smiling, sitting with her arms around a large dog.
Volume 9 Number 3

Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important, and so is knowing where your food comes from, how to grow it yourself, and how to harvest and prepare it. Veteran educator Jana Everett believes children need to learn all these lessons.

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