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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

Topic:     Summer Transportation Institute Summer Camps
Dates:    July 9 - 22, 2023
Location: Kentucky State University Campus
Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

Kentucky State University plans to host the 2022 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.

Allison Parker-Young
Kentucky State University
4-H Youth Development Program

Topic:      AgDiscovery
Dates:     June 4 - 17, 2023
Application Deadline:  March 31, 2023

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 here to view AgDiscovery Program Brochure

Check here to apply

Allison Parker-Young

Kentucky State University
4-H Youth Development Program

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