4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

What is 4-H?

4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.  Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family.  Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. Kentucky 4-H believes in providing positive youth development experiences that all youth to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.  

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The four H's represent the idea of HeadHeartHandsand Health. These are the values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Head   Managing, Thinking

Heart   Relating, Caring

Hands   Giving, Working

Health   Being, Living

Additional Information

4-H Newsletters

How does 4-H benefit youth?

4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:

  • Four times more likely to contribute to their communities. 
  • Two times more likely to be  civically active.
  • Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology  programs during out-of-school time.
  • 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Alyssa S. Cox

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

(606) 256-2403 alyssa.cox@uky.edu Rockcastle County Extension Office 1050 West Main St., Mount Vernon, Kentucky 40456-2505

Hannah Prewitt

Extension Assistant, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Science, 4-H Youth Development

(606) 256-2403 hannah.prewitt@uky.edu Rockcastle County Extension Office 1050 West Main St., Mount Vernon, Kentucky 40456-2505

Events

Homeschool Club

- Rockcastle County Extension Office

We invite all homeschoolers and their parent/guardian to join us for a hands-on lesson with other homeschool children! Homeschool club is a great way to make new friends, and have some fun outside of traditional in-home learning. Our club meets once a month for a few hours of fun! If you have any questions, please give us a call at (606) 256-2403.

Shooting Sports Club Meeting

- Rockcastle County Extension Office

Shooting Sports is open to all 4-H age children (9-18) that are interested in archery, shotgun, rifle, .22, etc

Livestock Club

- Rockcastle County Extension Office

Livestock Club is for any youth age 9-17 that is interested in showing, and learning more about livestock. Club meetings will be held monthly. 

Cloverbud Club

- Rockcastle County Extension Office

Cloverbuds Club is for youth ages 5-8 and their parent/guardian. We learn and explore new and fun things through age-appropriate lessons and “learn by doing”.

Shooting Sports Club Meeting

- Rockcastle County Extension Office

Shooting Sports is open to all 4-H age children (9-18) that are interested in archery, shotgun, rifle, .22, etc

Livestock Club

- Rockcastle County Extension Office

Livestock Club is for any youth age 9-17 that is interested in showing, and learning more about livestock. Club meetings will be held monthly. 

Homeschool Club

- Rockcastle County Extension Office

Cloverbud Club

- Rockcastle County Extension Office

Cloverbuds is a fun club for youth ages 5-9 to get an educational lesson with an activity.