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What is 4-H?

4‑H is delivered by Tennessee Cooperative Extension—a community of specialists in every county in Tennessee and supported by the University of Tennessee that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. For more than 100 years, 4‑H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better.

We Believe:

  • that talent is wide-spread... opportunities should be, too.

  • helping young people become empowered, hard-working, responsible and compassionate make stronger communities.

  • that youth programs should be research-based, hands-on, purposeful, and meet young people wherever they are.

What do you do as a 4-H member?

4‑H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. Kids and teens complete hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and civic engagement, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids can concentrate on one focus area or they can try a variety of programs throughout their 4‑H experience.
Regardless of the project area, all 4‑H programs include mentoring and career readiness as core elements.

How do I become a part of or start a 4-H After School or Project Club?

If you're a student, talk to the adults in your life (guardians/parents/teachers) about wanting to become a part of 4-H. Have them reach out to our Lake County Extension Office staff to let us know what you're excited about doing.

If you're an adult looking for ways to start programming for your student or you'd like to volunteer to help with specific types of clubs (Shooting Sports/STEM/Outdoor/Makers/etc), please contact our office, as well. Some clubs have more prep and training for volunteers to complete, but most are easily completed virtually or on-site at our office. You are then supported with resources, project ideas and planning, and funding to get your club off the ground or to become a part of a current group of volunteers.

Who can be a Falcon 4-H member?

4‑H programs and resources are available at home or through local in-person and virtual 4‑H clubs, 4‑H camps, in-school and after-school programs to any resident of Lake County. 4‑H programs are available for kids and teens ages 8-18. 4‑H Cloverbud programs are available for kids ages 5-7.