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
4-H Youth Development
2016 Program Dates: June 11 – 24, 2017
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017
- 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 10, 2017. APHIS will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the March 10th deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
Summer Transportation Institute (STI)
Program Dates: July 9 – 29, 2017
Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
- Offered to high school rising Freshmen and Sophomores
- Kentucky residents only
- Residential, three-week program July 9 – 29, 2017
STI application packages must be received or postmarked by April 1, 2017. 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
Program Dates: June 4 – 24, 2017
Application Deadline: April 15, 2017
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 geo-science related systems through hands-on experiential learning, research, and college-prep projects.
Summer Apprenticeship Program application packages must be received or postmarked by April 15, 2017. We will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.