Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Center for 4-H and Youth Development

 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization and can be found in every state. More than 6 million 4-H youth in suburban schoolyards, urban neighborhoods and rural farming communities implement community-wide change at an early age. The 4-H program educates students from elementary to high school in arts and sciences, health and fitness, STEM, sewing and fashion design, cooking and healthy eating and a host of other subject areas while encouraging fellowship and service opportunities. These programs emphasize hands on learning.

Located at the University of the District of Columbia, the Center for 4-H and Youth Development develops innovative programs that emphasize experiential learning opportunities for young people and their families. Through "hands-on" interactive programming, participants develop life skills, leadership abilities, and an ethic of civic stewardship.Traditionally, 4-H programs have always been popular in rural areas for their agriculture and animal husbandry focus, but the District's program has a distinctly urban focus and includes photography, conservation, cooking, public speaking, various sports, history, art, and other pursuits. Led by Director Rebecca Bankhead the Center for 4-H and Youth Development offers a variety of programs promoting positive youth development. 

Continue reading to learn about DC's 4-H offerings!

  • LifeSmarts Consumer Education for Teenagers
  • Operation Military Kids
  • The Health Rocks Program
  • 4-H STEM
  • DC EnvironMentors
  • 4-H Summer Camp
  • 4-H Clubs
An integral component to the success of 4-H is the involvement of the 540,000 adult volunteers. These volunteers have the unique opportunity to make a significant and positive contribution to youth development by sharing learned skills, making a difference and leaving a legacy. Volunteer Leaders Training sessions are offered throughout the year, so check back in the fall for the next offering.

For more information on 4-H, available programs or volunteering, contact Rebecca Bankhead or visit www.udc.edu/4h.

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