4-H Youth Development

Welcome to 4-H Youth Development in Nevada

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

4-H began a century ago as an educational program for the nation's rural youth. Today, 4-H meets the needs of and engages young people in positive youth development experiences. 4-H is the youth development education program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in the United States with over 7 million members. There are over 49,000 young people engaged in 4-H programs across the state of Nevada. The 4-H program promotes life skills development through an expanding number of delivery modes: 4-H community and project clubs, military and 4-H Afterschool programs; special interest groups; school enrichment; camping and more.

4-H participants are all youth, ages 5 to 19, taking part in programs provided as the result of actions planned and initiated by Cooperative Extension personnel in cooperation with volunteers. 4-H is characterized as being community centered, volunteer led, extension staff supervised, research based, home and family oriented, publicly and privately funded and responsive to change. It offers youth opportunities in communications, leadership, career development, citizenship, healthy living, science, technology, engineering and math and more.

The local Cooperative Extension office in your county can help you to find a local club or program that's right for you. It's also easy to start a new club with some of your friends or other interested young people and a few adults who are willing to help. We look forward to working with and serving youth!

2018 Nevada 4-H Volunteer Forum

Statewide 4-H Volunteer Training is back!! The 2018 4-H Volunteer Forum is scheduled for March 16-17, 2018 at Circus-Circus in Reno. The theme is "4-H Grows Here" and there are a lot of great workshops and activities planned during the weekend. This training is open to all Extension Professionals, 4-H Volunteers and 4-H Teen Leaders, who are 14 to 19 years old. Please see the registration packet for more information about workshops and other great events!