Poinsett County 4-H Youth Development
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Poinsett County 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. Youth, ages 5-19, have the opportunity to learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills as they work in partnership with caring adults. Poinsett County is committed to helping young people develop skills needed to succeed in life and fully reach their individual potential.
Members “learn by doing” through projects designed to fit the youth’s individual needs at different stages. Through a variety of projects – from health and fitness to photography and horticulture – 4-H give opportunities to learn and practice new skills while gaining confidence to apply and share their knowledge.
Volunteers serve as club leaders, project leaders, and mentors. Each volunteer provides youth with knowledge, experiences, and skills to help empower youth in positive development.
Who Can Join?
4-H membership is based the youth’s age as of January 1 of the current project year. All members and volunteers must enroll annually in the Arkansas 4-H Online system.
There are three Arkansas 4-H age classifications:
Cloverbud Members: Youth who are 5-8 years old. Participation, safety, personal development, learning and fun are the main priorities for this age level. Cloverbuds programs are activity-focused, rather than project-focused, and are built on cooperative learning rather than competition.
Junior Members: Youth who are 9-13 years old. Any youth age nine or above is eligible for participation in all project along with respective competitive 4-H activities and events. Junior camps and special service opportunities are opportunities in the junior 4-H member’s experience.
Senior Members: Youth who are 14-19 years old. A youth’s 4-H eligibility ends December 31 the year he or she turns 19. Senior 4-H membership allows youth to participate in numerous state and national level experiences including Citizenship Washington Focus, High Adventure, state-level Ambassador Program, and statewide officer positions.
The 4-H program welcomes all youth and families. Youth and families with special challenges and disabilities may request reasonable accommodations to allow participation in activities and programs. Contact the Extension Office to learn more.
When Should I Join?
The official Arkansas 4-H year begins October 1 and ends on September 30. Members and volunteers may enroll at any time during the year. However, joining at the beginning of each year allows participants to take advantage of all 4-H opportunities.
What is there to do in 4-H?
Stop by our office to pick up a copy of the Poinsett County 4-H Family Guide or visit https://www.uaex.edu/4h-youth/ to learn more about the incredible opportunities that await your family in the 4-H program!
Poinsett County 4-H Clubs and Groups:
- The Great Clovers Community 4-H Club
- Tyronza Elementary 4-H Club
- Lepanto Elementary 4-H Warriors Club
- Poinsett County 4-H Shooting Sports
- Poinsett County 4-H Robotics and Engineering Group
- Poinsett County 4-H Livestock Legends
Contact the Poinsett County Extension Office at (870) 578-4490 to find a club or to learn how you can establish a club in your community.
Poinsett County 4-H Outdoor O'Rama Information
Outdoor O'Rama Overview - currently being updated.