4-H & Youth

4-H(noun): A community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

Extension youth programs teach young people about responsibility, decision-making, problem solving and leadership. Through hands-on activities, youth learn practical life skills while having fun. Activities include civic engagement, nutrition, cultural competency, enrichment in the arts, community gardening, camping, sewing, cooking and computer technology.

Youth Development staff members build partnerships with schools, churches, youth-serving agencies and community groups to sponsor quality youth development programs throughout the county. The focus of these programs is building strong character and future leaders.

4-H programs teach young people to…

  • Develop and test practical living skills in a safe and supportive “real world” environment.
  • Become actively engaged in their communities and better informed about local issues.
  • Prepare for the world of work through direct experience with projects and activities that correspond to future career opportunities.
  • Experience success in a non-formal learning environment.
  • Develop communication and problem-solving skills through public presentation and group work


4-H: A catalyst for positive community youth development.

See some of our fantastic Racine County 4-H youth in action here.



Extension 4-H integrates research, education, and community-based partnerships, enabling youth to learn and practice skills to be productive citizens.

4-H is a youth organization that belongs to the members, their families and other interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. In 4-H, young people share, grow, and learn together from various projects, events, and activities in informal situations under the guidance of their families and other leaders.

For more information on Wisconsin 4-H, check out some of the sites below. Or, click here for more Wisconsin 4-H blogs!

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