4-H is a youth development program for youth in kindergarten through the first year in college, with the primary goals of teaching public speaking, leadership, community service and interpersonal communication.
Representatives from a variety of 4-H clubs throughout the county will speak about their clubs. New members will be able to sign up that night. Adults interested in serving as 4-H club leaders or other volunteers can also find out how to get started in 4-H.
This non-formal education program is organized into clubs and led by adult volunteers. Clubs focus on subject matter related to the interests of the 4-Hers. Some examples of clubs in Somerset County include creative writing and theater, rocketry and model trains, poultry and equine, and robotics and entomology. Somerset County boasts a program of more than 80 clubs and 1,000 4-Hers.
A study has found that 4-Hers are two times more likely to participate in STEM activities, two times more likely to make healthier choices, and four times more likely to give back to their communities than non 4-H’ers. Another study also found 4-H youth are more likely to report they are leaders in their school, help in their community and earn more A’s than their counterparts not involved in 4-H.