Welcome to Kentucky State University’s

4-H Youth Development Program

what we do, what we are

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

Upcoming Events & Activities


AgriScience Youth Expo

2018 Program Dates: November 14, 2018

Application Deadline: October 29, 2018

  • Offered to Middle School students
  • Expo held at Harold R. Benson Research Farm
  • Expo held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon with a catered lunch from 12:00 – 1:00
  • We have reached capacity for the November 14, 2018 4-H AgriScience Youth Expo. Please fill out this form to be added to the waiting list.

Join the Kentucky State University Small Farm Conference with opportunities to learn more about various aspects of agriculture. Middle School students will explore the world of Agriculture in a fun and experiential based format. Students will visit agricultural stations featuring interactive booths designed to combine hands-on learning in the areas of plants, animals, nutrition, STEM, environmental education, and agriculture along with Kentucky Academic Standards of Learning for middle school students. Students will not only learn about agriculture and potential careers but actually participate in practical real world experiences to gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field. Bring your students to interact with students, faculty and staff and learn how agriculture is a part of your everyday life.


AgDiscovery (AgD)

2019 Program Dates: Check back for program dates

Application Deadline: Check back for application deadline

AgDiscovery application packages must be received or postmarked by check back for deadline date. APHIS will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the check back for deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


Summer Apprenticeship Program (SAP)

Program Dates: Check back for program dates

Application Deadline: Check back for application deadline

  • Offered to high school rising Juniors and Seniors
  • Residential, three-week program

The Summer Apprenticeship Program is designed to prepare students for college life while exposing them to different career opportunities in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—fields. The program is modeled to introduce students (grades 10-12) to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) integrated into topics in agricultural sciences, environmental monitoring, and open source technology.

Summer Apprenticeship Program application packages must be received or postmarked by check back for deadline. We will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


Faculty and Staff