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Welcome to Kentucky State University's 4-H Youth Development Program

What we do and who we are:

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban communities and rural farming communities participate in 4-H.

Children watching a goat eatBoy performing an experimentAs the youth development program of the nation’s land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System,

4-H fosters a “learn by doing” approach. Activities, events, and programs are centered around three program areas: science, healthy living, and citizenship.

The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are:

  • Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school
  • Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college
  • 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors
  • 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities

Because Kentucky State University 4-H Youth Development program is committed to the health and well-being of all youth in our programs, we are closely monitoring and responding to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We are committed to understanding and complying with all guidelines and regulations provided and established by the Kentucky State University, CDC, WHO and local health agencies.

4-H Activities and opportunities will be offered on-line.

Upcoming Events and Activities


Topic: 4-H Ignite Youth Conference
Date: November 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Virtual

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4-H and they are the four values youth work on through fun and engaging 4-H programs.  4-H empowers youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.   Join us for this empowerment virtual conference for middle school students to gain life skills and resilient to help youth thrive today and tomorrow.

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The 1890 Center of Excellence to Motivate and Educate for Achievement (MEA) is dedicated to encouraging and supporting young people from underrepresented minority groups to pursue studies and careers in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences and the broader STEM fields.

The MEA Center of Excellence presents the STEM Scholars Academy.  The goal of this program is to provide high school student’s opportunities to explore STEM fields and increase interest in attending college and studying STEM; and prepare undergraduate students and high school students to succeed by providing purposefully structured resources and mentorships to address students’ needs.  The STEM Scholars Academy will also provide high school students experiential learning opportunities.  During the school year, mentors and mentees will meet virtually twice each month at a set time. Each mentoring session will have a planned topic with guided activities. These guided sessions will focus on content that will increase undergraduate and high school students’ competency in time management, study skills, communication, and understanding of workforce options, college application timelines, writing admission essays, letters of recommendation, financial aid, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and scholarships.

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Be a Mentor Today!
STEM Scholars Academy: College Readiness Program for High School Students

Mentors can play an important role supporting high school students as they make critical academic and career decisions during the transition to college.  For students and their families, preparing for post secondary opportunities can be an overwhelming, confusing, and stressful process. Having a mentor to help guide the process is beneficial for both young adults and their families.  Apply today!

Requirements: Must be a KYSU College Student, Participate in Mentor Training, commit to at least one year, provide a clean background check, earn a stipend for participation, Mentor high school students online, and Have Fun!


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Topic: CLUB KYSU: A Virtual 4-H Club
Location: Online
Age Groups: CLUB KYSU for ages 8-18
4-H Cloverbud for ages 5-7

Enroll as an individual and explore the project
of your choice! In your school, look for 4-H school enrichment programs!  Choose from a growing list of clubs and activities such as, STEM, Agriculture, Arts and Crafts, and Cooking!

4-H Club KYSU Virtual Conference. November 10-12, 2020. Preparing Today's Youth for Tomorrow's World. The 4-H Virtual Conference sessions will be a one stop shop for personal growth and empowerment, impact focused and youth-centered.


4-H At Home!

Participate in online lesson plans and activities with the simple supplies and materials you have at home!  Create a Google account and register for our 4-H Google Classroom!  This online classroom for 3rd – 8th grade students is a one stop shop with access to online resources available as well as activities and lesson plans created and developed by Kentucky State University 4-H Program.  Once registered, you will receive a link and each week receive hands-on 4-H Activities, online resources, and interactive videos in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Education.

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4-H Live Wednesdays!

Join us for live fun and hands-on activities every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  4-H Live is an extension of our 4-H summer camp programs.  In this 8 day series from June – July,  participate in live sessions in cooking, gardening,  STEM, and arts and crafts projects.

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Additional At Home Activities for Children

We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak and the guidance of public health officials and will provide updates on our response as appropriate.

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