Extension District IV 4-H - Youth Development

Contact Derrick Bruton at Derrick.Bruton@ag.tamu.edu for information on
District IV 4-H youth education and outreach initiatives. Visit the District IV
4-H website at http://d44-h.tamu.edu/ for additional information and events.

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)
  • Photography
  • Recordbooks

Camps and Educational Activities

  • District Officer Boot Camp
  • UlTra Leadership Camp
  • Texas 4-H Roundup
  • Texas 4-H Congress (offered on even years)

Robotics
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.

Scholarship Opportunity
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.

 

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