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 mini-camps will be held during the following weeks: Dates and Location to be announced soon.

AgDiscovery (AgD)

*The application deadline date has been extended until Friday, March 20, 2015*

• 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 20, 2015. APHIS will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the March 20th 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 July 5 – 25, 2015

STI application packages must be received or postmarked by March 31, 2015. We will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


 

Summer Apprenticeship Program (SAP)

• Offered to high school rising Juniors and Seniors

• Residential, three-week program

June 7 – 27, 2015

The mission of this program is to introduce rising high school students to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) including agricultural, environmental and geoscience related systems through hands-on experiential learning, research, and college-prep projects.

Summer Apprenticeship Program application packages must be received or postmarked by March 31, 2015. We will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

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