Extension District IV 4-H - Youth Development
About District IV 4-H
4-H is the youth development component of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and aims to build citizenship, leadership, life skills and responsibility in youngsters through experiential learning programs and a positive approach. Youth members as part of 4-H learn about subjects that interest them as those subjects relate to leadership, service knowledge and real world skills.
4-H is open to all youth at least 8 years of age and in grades 3-12. Our K-2 youth program is called Clover Kids.
District IV 4-H is made up of about 3,200 youth from twenty-two counties in northeast Texas. Most participants connect to 4-H through their local community or school 4-H clubs, where they are guided by adult 4-H volunteers who serve as club and project leaders.
Studies have shown that 4-H participants from grades 7-12 are roughly 4 times more likely to make contributions to their communities than their non-member peers. They are about twice as likely to be active in civics from Grades 8-12. 4-H youth from grades 10-12 are twice as likely to participate in science, engineering and computer technology programs during out-of-school time. Meanwhile, 4-H girls in grade 10 alone are twice as likely to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities. That statistic increases to 3 times as likely for STEM extracurriculars by Grade 12.
4-H youth participate in a range of local/county and district events and activities including:
Agriculture and Natural Resources Contests
- Dairy Judging
- Livestock Judging
- Range and Pasture ID
- Horse Judging
- Meats Judging
- Beef Quiz Bowl
- Horse Quiz Bowl
- Horse Show
- Entomology ID
- Ag ID
- Rifle, Shotgun, and Archery Match
Family and Consumer Sciences Contests
- Consumer Decision Making
- Nutrition Quiz Bowl
- Food Show
- Food Challenge
- Fashion Show
- Fashion Storyboard Contest
- Duds to Dazzle Contest
Leadership, Public Speaking, and Expressive Arts Contests
- Educational Presentations
- Public Speaking
- Share the Fun (performing arts contest)
Camps and Educational Activities
- District Officer Boot Camp
- UlTra Leadership Camp
- Texas 4-H Roundup
- Texas 4-H Congress (offered on even years)
Local youth under our emerging robotics program offerings can learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a project that teaches those concepts via hands-on learning.
Each year through our Texas 4-H Foundation we award more than $2 million in scholarships to graduating seniors. Scholarships range from $3,000 - 20,000 and are awarded to youth pursuing a baccalaureate degree or technical certification.