Arkansas 4-H Youth Programs

The mission of 4-H is to provide meaningful opportunities for youth and adults to work together to create sustainable community change. This is accomplished within three primary content areas, or mission mandates, - citizenship, healthy living, and science. The educational foundation of 4-H lies in these three mission mandates. These mandates reiterate the founding purposes of Extension - community leadership, quality of life, and technology transfer- in the context of 21st century challenges and opportunities.  Each program has multiple project areas.

 

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 4-H Science

For over 100 years, 4-H has engaged young people in cutting-edge science learning, including areas such as animal science, food science, welding, electricity, and plant/crop science. More recent project areas include aerospace, robotics, geospatial technologies, computer science, and multimedia. Recognizing that the United States is falling dangerously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts, National 4-H has committed to address our nation's critical challenge by preparing 1 million new young people to excel in science, engineering, and technology.

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 Healthy Living

A core belief of 4-H is Health, as evidenced by the four H's in the 4-H clover: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 4-H is committed to the physical, mental and emotional health of our nation's youth so they may lead healthy and productive lives into adulthood. 4-H has become a national leader in health-related educational issues including chemical health, mental and emotional health, foods and nutrition, physical health and safety.

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 Citizenship and Leadership

Since its inception, 4-H has placed emphasis on the importance of young people being engaged, well-informed citizens. By connecting to their communities and leaders, youth understand their role in civic affairs and are able to expand their role in decision-making processes. It's clear that civic engagement provides the foundation that helps youth understand the big picture of life and learn the skill sets that will allow them to become wise leaders for the 21st century.

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 4-H Military Programs

4-H Military Partnerships deliver educational programs to military children, regardless of branch of service. In Arkansas, the two military programs for youth are Operation: Military Kids (OMK) and the Military 4-H Partnership Program.

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 4-H Afterschool Programs

4-H Afterschool is the optimum opportunity for youth serving organizations to collaborate for Arkansas children. We make outreach our goal in positive youth development to ensure we  serve in rural and urban areas.

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 4-H Shooting Sports Programs

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program combines the best of youth development and volunteer programs, while keeping a relationship with the existing natural resources, safety, and outdoor recreation programs. The materials and training programs emphasize young people and their life skills, while using tested techniques and positive reinforcement. Strong and continuing recruitment of volunteers, and attractiveness to 4-H age youth, males and females, older teens, and families have been and continue to be key elements in the Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports Programs.

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 ExCEL Leadership Program

ExCEL is a Leadership and Team building program.  An experiential training and development program that is engaging and custom designed for participants eighth grade through adult. Some of our tools include high ropes, team climbing tower, low ropes, and ground based initiatives. Our facilitators also travel to providing training at your location of choice.

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 Arkansas Outdoor School

It is our goal to help teachers connect their students to the natural world by taking them out of the classroom and into the outdoors. Our programs complement the Common Core needs. We strive to create a positive outdoor educational experience for learners of all ages through objective-driven, experience-based activities. AOS Summer Day camps are also available.

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 Science Enrichment Education for Kids (SEEK)

Homeschool Science

SEEK is a program established to help meet the science needs of home-schooled students. The program's mission is to provide hands-on science experience in a fun and safe indoor/outdoor classroom environment. Programming for SEEK is typically December to March for 1st through 12th grade.

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 4-H Camps

The Arkansas 4-H State Camping Program offers year-round camping and training opportunities for youth 5-18 years old and adults. We offer both day camp and overnight camping at the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center 10 miles west of Little Rock.  Canoeing, swimming, archery, fishing, rock wall climbing, high ropes challenge course, and off-site backpacking are just some of the exciting possibilities.

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Events

All 4-H events and activities are designed to add hands-on education to the three primary 4-H programs. By providing physical, mental, social and emotional growth opportunities, 4-H events give members positive, meaningful experiences.

4-H events are hosted at the county, district, state and national levels.  They include Competitive and Non-Competitive events that balance the cooperative learning activities in an informal education program.

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