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)

2018 Program Dates: June 3 – 16, 2018

Application Deadline: March 12, 2018

AgDiscovery application packages must be received or postmarked by March 12, 2018. APHIS will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the March 12th 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 3 – 16, 2018

Application Deadline: April 20, 2018

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 April 20, 2018. We will not accept application packages or references postmarked after the deadline. There will be no exceptions to this policy.