4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban communities and rural farming communities participate in 4-H.

As the youth development program of the nation’s land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System,

4-H fosters a “learn by doing” approach. Activities, events, and programs are centered around three program areas: science, healthy living, and citizenship.

The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are:

  • Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school
  • Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college
  • 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors
  • 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities

 

Cooperative Extension 4-H  Youth Development Summer Programs


Tech Wizards

The Tech Wizards project  uses a small group mentoring approach for at-risk middle and high school youth in Frankfort, KY, with a focus on experiential technology learning and life skills. In partnership with Franklin County Public School System, the project is an afterschool program that also incorporates summer technology mini-camps and workshops along with community service projects. The program will also incorporate existing 4-H STEM curricula to teach new media technologies, GIS mapping, and Computer Skills.

The summer minicamps will be held during the following weeks: June 16-20, June 23-27, and July 14-18, 2014 from 8:30am – 1pm at the Franklin County Career and Technical Center.

AgDiscovery (AgD)

• Offered to students who are 14 to 17 years old

• Two-week, residential program

• Nationwide applications accepted through APHIS-USDA at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery

AgDiscovery application packages must be received or postmarked by March 31, 2014. APHIS will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the March 31st deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


 

Summer Transportation Institute (STI)

• Offered to high school rising Freshmen and Sophomores

• Kentucky residents only

• Residential, three-week program

STI application packages must be received or postmarked by April 30, 2014. We will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


 

Summer Bridge Program

Reaching Out – Connecting With High Schools (R.O.C. WiHi) Career Preparation in Environmental GIS

• Offered to high school rising Juniors and Seniors

• Kentucky residents only

• Residential, three-week program

June 8 – 27, 2014

The mission of this program is to introduce rising high school students to the fields of environmental science and Geographic Information System (GIS) through hands-on experiential learning, research, and college-prep projects.

Summer Bridge program application packages must be received or postmarked by April 15, 2014. We will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

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