For more than 100 years The Ohio State University has been home to the largest out-of-school, educational program in the United States with over 7 million young people participating last year. This program, known as 4-H, was first developed in 1902 by A.B. Graham, Superintendent of Clark County Schools in Springfield, Ohio. Since those early days, 4-H has grown to include rural, suburban, and urban youth and continues to focus on critical issues facing young people in their local communities
Today, Ohio 4-H is still an exciting program for young people with over 318,000 members "learning by doing" and developing themselves to their greatest potential with the motto "to make the best better." The vision of Ohio 4-H is developing youth to become positive, productive citizens and catalysts for effective change to improve our diverse society.
Ohio 4-H programs are designed to engage youth in healthy learning experiences, thus increasing self-esteem and problem solving skills. Programs address topics such as stress management, parent-teen communication, personal development, careers, environmental stewardship, and global understanding. A wide range of content offerings encourages youth to explore science, technology, and citizenship. Ohio 4-H offers over 200 different projects related to the needs of people living in a complex society.
To learn how youth ages, 5 and in Kindergarten through Dec. 31 of the year they turn 19, can join 4-H, contact Ohio State University Extension Belmont County Office at 740-695-1455.