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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.

Upcoming Events and Activities


2021 Ignite Youth Conference Flyer

Topic: 4-H Ignite Youth Conference
Dates: November 16, 2021
Time 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Harold R. Benson Research Farm

Application Deadline: October 25, 2021

Middle school students will participate in engaging workshops in which they will discover and explore their unique interest and talents.

There is no cost for this program and lunch will be provided.

To Register, click the following link:

Contact: Travella Free
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The Louisville Project

This program will expose youth to new innovative sustainable food practices. The program consists of three modules. The LEARN module includes discussions about healthy nutrition and eating habits and exposure to new foods. The second module, CREATE, will assist students in creating their own “garden” to grow their own food. This module includes container and urban gardens to grow their own food. The third module, DEMONSTRATE, is designed to celebrate the fruits of their labor by hosting a garden-to-table food demonstration.  

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For additional information contact:
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The Louisville Project Flyer

Topic:     Summer Transportation Institute Summer Camps
Dates:    Check back for new program dates
Location: Kentucky State University Campus

Kentucky State University plans to host the 2021 Summer Transportation Institute (STI) Program for middle and high school students.  The primary objective of the Summer Transportation Institute (STI) program is to provide awareness to middle and high school students about transportation careers and encourage them to consider transportation-related courses of study in their higher education pursuits. A goal of the STI program is to increase the number of students pursuing advanced degrees and careers in Transportation related STEM fields while helping to broaden the participation of women and minorities in those fields, and over time the program should help to deliver a STEM-capable workforce.

Program Objectives:

  • Deliver STEM curriculum (Science Technology Engineering & Math).
  • Provide awareness to middle school and high school students about transportation modal careers.
  • Encourage students to consider transportation careers and related courses of study when pursuing higher education.

Session 1 for Middle School Students: Registration Closed

Session 2 for High School Students: Register Closed

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Topic:      AgDiscovery
Dates:     Check back for new program dates
Application Deadline: Check back for new program dates

AgDiscovery is a unique opportunity for students to explore agricultural sciences, and gain knowledge about careers in animal and plant disciplines, wildlife management, veterinary medicine, biotechnology, entomology, food safety, food production, agribusiness, forestry, and much more.

The Kentucky State University AgDiscovery (AgD) Program is a two-week, residential program targeting diverse students from limited-resource communities interested in careers in animal science and veterinary medicine.

Check back for general information about AgDiscovery Program

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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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Kentucky State University
4-H Youth Development Program

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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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