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.Children watching a goat eat

African American boy performing an experiment. AG DISCOVERY, Ky., -- The Ag Discovery program yearly summer camp made stops at the Bluegrass Stockyards and the Frankfort Brucellosis Lab, Monday, June 04, 2018.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

Rosenwald 4-H Summer Camps
Rosenwald 2019 4-H Summer Camp Application

Deadline: May 1, 2019

Ag Explorers

When: June 10 -14, 2019 from 8:00 a.m.  – 4:30 Student examing a cowp.m.

Where:  Rosenwald Center for 4-H Youth Development

Who:  Grades 3rd – 5th Grade

Join us for a fun-filled week of agriculture activities! During camp students will learn more about where their food comes from, have the opportunity to see farm animals, watch chicks hatch, and much more! Be prepared to get your hands dirty as we dig deeper into agriculture this week!


Creative Arts Camp I

When:  June 17-19, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Rosenwald Center for 4-H Youth Development

Who:  Rising 9th – 12th grade students

AG DISCOVERY, Ky., -- The Ag Discovery program yearly summer camp made a stop at Park Equine Hospital in Versailles where Fritz a three year old quarter horse owned by employee Shalon Whitaker was castrated by Dr. Rhodes Bell with help from VET Techs Misty Chapman and Carly Flamm, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The group also performed T-Temperature P-Pulse R-Respiration on Snickers a standard bred with a missing eye from an injury.In the KSU 4-H Creative Arts Camp, we have fun while we build confidence, reinforce math skills and promote critical thinking skills. Activities like sewing, painting, and sustainable fashion will be a part of the camp activities.  All this, plus, participants go home with items they have made with their own two hands, and an incredible amount of pride and sense of major accomplishment.


Creative Arts Camp II

When:  June 20-21, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Rosenwald Center for 4-H Youth Development

Who:  Rising 6th – 8th grade students

In the KSU 4-H Creative Arts Camp, we have fun while we build confidence, reinforce math skills and promote critical thinking skills. Activities like sewing, painting, and sustainable fashion will be a part of the camp activities.  All this, plus, participants go home with items they have made with their own two hands, and an incredible amount of pride and sense of major accomplishment.

Middle School Students at Rosenwald


Environmental Science Camp

When:  June 24 – 28, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Rosenwald Center for 4-H Youth Development

Who:  Rising 9th-12th grade students

AG DISCOVERY, Ky., -- The Ag Discovery program yearly summer camp made stops at the Bluegrass Stockyards and the Frankfort Brucellosis Lab, Monday, June 04, 2018.“Kentucky State University is offering a day camp for high school students interested in environmental science!  Students will learn how to conduct water quality testing and be able to understand the link between land use and water quality by using hands on science.  The camp is from Monday June 24th to Friday June 28th and attendance is FREE!

  • See how land use affects water quality.
  • Tour local water treatment facilities, Frankfort’s riverfront, and Kentucky State University’s Environmental Education Research Center.
  • Cruise aboard Kentucky State University’s Kentucky River Thorobred.
  • Paddle Pool 4 of the Kentucky River.
  • Test the water quality of the Kentucky River.

Students should not miss this exciting, hands-on, and FREE opportunity!  REGISTRATION IS LIMITED.


Rookie Cooking Camp

When:  July 8-10, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Rosenwald Center for 4-H Youth Development

Who:  Rising 5th – 7th grade students

Rookie Cooking Class (RCC) is an interactive youth nutrition FRANKFORT, Ky., -- KYSU hosted its annual Small-scale, limited resource, minority farmer conference, in its 20th year Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at the Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm in FRANKFORT.education program where students gain and apply knowledge of healthy food choices to create a well-balanced meal and develop basic cooking skills. RCC core focus during this three day class will be to discuss the nutritional value and health benefits of eating foods from the five food groups. Students will also gain knowledge on how to plan and prepare healthy meals, learn food safety practices, knife safety, and discuss Advertisement Awareness related to food choices


New Age Nutrition Buzz

When:  :  July 11, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Rosenwald Center for 4-H Youth Development

Who:  Rising 6th – 8th grade students

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This is a knowledge fun class for today’s youth. This will start with some fun physical activity, teaching them importance of being active and being healthy. The class after that will introduce youth to new terms and techniques in modern day nutrition. They will get to know about new age nutrition topics like ‘Nutrigenomics’, ‘Nutraceuticals and functional foods’ in two separate lectures. At the end of the session, the youth will get hands on experience of preparing a healthy recipe and discuss the benefits of eating healthy home cooked food.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp In Collaboration with CREED

When:  July 22- 26, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Rosenwald Center for 4-H Youth Development

Who:  This program is only open to rising 6th – 8th grade, boys of color.

The STEM camp provides youth the opportunities to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through fun hands-on activities and projects.   Participants will learn how to build and program robots, use engineering skills to design, evaluate and reconstruct machines and super structures; learn coding fundamentals with easy to use drag and drop technology; and design their own video games.

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Annual Events


AgriScience Youth Expo

Program Dates: Check back for program dates

Application Deadline: Check back for application deadline

  • 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

4-H children at an interactive displayJoin 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: June 9-22, 2019

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

AgDiscovery application packages must be received or postmarked by June 9-22, 2019. APHIS will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the March 15, 2019 deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


Summer Apprenticeship Program (SAP)

Program Dates:  July 7 to July 26, 2019

Application Deadline: May 20, 2019

Registration Documents Due by June 10, 2019

  • Offered to high school rising Juniors and Seniors Three 4-H students performing a test
  • 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.


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