What is 4-H? | Arizona

4-H is the only youth program with direct access to agricultural and social sciences research from the Land Grant University. The only element that sets 4-H apart is its focus on educational programs based on research conducted in collaboration with the university’s faculty in the field and on campus. The specialist knowledge imparted in 4-H projects forms the basis for youth development, which can be of economic, social and / or personal value for young people in their future.

Four key areas were identified where all adolescents need to develop into contributing adults. They are:

MASTERY – learning skills to make positive career and life decisions

GENEROSITY – Participation in service and citizenship activities provides an understanding of the “big picture”.

INDEPENDENCE – Creating opportunities for youth to develop trust for leadership and self-discipline

LISTEN – Teens need to know that they are being looked after by others and that they feel connected to others in the group. The 4-H program in Apache and Navajo counties seeks to incorporate these four components into all 4-H areas.

Even with university-level research and support, the success of the 4-H Youth Development Program in the White Mountains depends on local involvement from volunteers who donate time to work with young people and contributions in support of activities, materials, materials, training and education Achieve awards and recognition. In 2019-2020, 344 youth members are enrolled in 18 project areas: beef, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry, dairy goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, turkey, leather crafts, sewing, cooking, handicrafts, gardening, shooting sports / archery, shooting sports / small bore rifles, short-term workshops and summer camp. The project areas vary depending on the federal state. For more information on the 4-H Youth Development Program in Apache County, contact Mike Hauser at [email protected], call 928-337-2267, or mail at P.O. Box 369. Contact St. Johns, AZ 85936 or Navajo County Contact Megan Penrod at [email protected] or call 928-524-6271. You can also visit the website: www.extension.arizona.edu/4h/apache

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