4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

What is 4-H?

4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.  Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family.  Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. Kentucky 4-H believes in providing positive youth development experiences that all youth to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.  

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The four H's represent the idea of HeadHeartHandsand Health. These are the values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Head   Managing, Thinking

Heart   Relating, Caring

Hands   Giving, Working

Health   Being, Living

Additional Information

4-H Newsletters

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There are no newsletters available at this time. Please check back at a later time or contact Calloway County Extension Office.

2023-2024 4-H Enrollment Packet

Signup for 4-H in Calloway County

Go to Enrollment Packet

Calloway County Fair Packet 2023

4-H County Fair entry rules and classes.

View County Fair Packet

4-H Upcoming Events

Kentucky Volunteer Forum

- Central Bank Convention Center- Hyatt Regency Lexington

4-H Summit Leadership Conference

- West KY 4-H Camp

4-H Reality Store

- Journey Church FOR Center

4-H Babysitting Day Camp

- Calloway County Cooperative Extension Office

4-H County Communications Contest

- Calloway County Extension Meeting Hall

Area 4-H Communications Contest

- North Calloway Elementary School

2024 4-H Camp

- West KY 4-H Camp

Return these registration forms and $50 deposit to the Calloway County Cooperative Extension Office ASAP to hold your spot!

Western Rivers Jr Livestock Expo

- William "Bill" Cherry Exposition Center at Murray State University

County Fair 4-H Check-In

- Murray-Calloway County Fairgrounds Building

How does 4-H benefit youth?

4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:

  • Four times more likely to contribute to their communities. 
  • Two times more likely to be  civically active.
  • Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology  programs during out-of-school time.
  • 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Calyn Colston

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

(270) 753-1452 calyn.colston@uky.edu Calloway County Extension Office 93 Extension Way, Murray, Kentucky 42071