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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


Celebrate Ohio 4-H Week with Us!

Join us March 3-9 to celebrate Ohio 4-H Week!

Ohio 4-H Week
Join Ohio 4-H for a week of celebration as we recognize our members, volunteers, professionals, and supporters who make Ohio 4-H Youth Development programs possible. Starting March 3, all 4-H alumni and friends are invited to participate in daily social media challenges and share why 4-H is important to them. On Sunday send a shout out to a fantastic 4-H volunteer, on Tuesday wear your 4-H green with pride, on Thursday let us know who you are thankful for in Ohio 4-H, and more!Check out our daily themes for Ohio 4-H Week.

What is 4-H?
Today, 4-H serves as America’s largest youth development organization, but did you know that 4-H got its start right here in Ohio? In 1902, A.B. Graham held the first meeting of the “Boys and Girls Agricultural Club” in Clark County, laying the foundation for 4-H as we know it today. Since then, Ohio 4-H has been a leader in positive youth development and workforce education and helps youth grow into leaders by developing their confidence, independence, resilience, and compassion. You can help youth join 4-H today by contacting your county Extension office!

4-H is Growing!
Ohio 4-H is growing! Check out which projects were most popular in 2023.Ohio 4-H involvement is up nearly 20% from 2022, with programs reaching more than 156,000 youth in 2023. Through 4-H community and special interest (SPIN) clubs, after-school programming, and camps, Ohio 4-H inspires curiosity in youth and gives them the tools to thrive. Hands-on projects covering more than 200 interest areas help youth discover new opportunities and career pathways.

What are SPIN Clubs?
Special Interest, or SPIN, Clubs are one of the newest Ohio 4-H program opportunities. Rather than participating in a year-round 4-H community club, SPIN Clubs help youth explore specific interest areas on a much shorter timeline. SPIN Clubs teach youth about topics ranging from healthy living and sewing to coding and natural resources, giving youth the ability to tailor their 4-H experience directly to their interests and passions. In 2023, youth participated in 63 SPIN Clubs across 27 counties!

Become an Ohio 4-H volunteer today and help inspire curiosity in our youth!Want to Get Involved?
Whether it be through leading a youth club, serving as a project judge, or sitting on local advisory or junior fair committees, volunteers are essential to the success of Ohio 4-H. If you are an alumnus or friend of Ohio 4-H who believes in our mission of empowering youth and creating opportunities for them to thrive, visit our website to get connected and learn more about how to become a 4-H volunteer. You can also show your support for the important work Ohio 4-H does by donating to the Ohio 4-H Program Fund today!