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

AgDiscovery (AgD)

2016 Program Dates: June 11 – 24, 2017

Application Deadline: March 10, 2017

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.