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4-H Youth Development Program – New Hanover

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Welcome to New Hanover County 4-H!

4-H Clover - Belonging, Mastery, Independence, Generosity

4-H is the youth program of Cooperative Extension for children ages 5-18. 4-H clubs offer long-term involvement and focus on a variety of different topics. Clubs are led by volunteer leaders and meet at different times and locations around the county. There are also school classroom programs, after-school programs, and summer enrichment programs offered through 4-H. 4-H offers quality educational programs and activities at low or no cost because we are a service provided by local and state governments. Many 4-H programs focus on STEM, Healthy Living, and Leadership.

Learn more about 4-H Summer Camps here!

4-H Youth and Volunteers participating in a water sampling, analysis, and trash clean up day with Cape Fear River Watch.

4-H artists participating in 4-H “Art in the Garden” Program with a local quest artist.

 4-H Member participating in the 2023 SE Regional Chicken Show

4-H youth conducting water sample analysis from Greenfield Lake

Teen 4-H Members holding marine wildlife during beach Clean-up

New Hanover County 4-H member winning Gold at District Activity Day 2023

Program vision: Offer a multi-faceted 4-H program that supports the involvement of youth in long-term meaningful 4-H clubs and programs, enabling them to grow into future leaders.

Program mission: Build and support youth programs based on the 8 essential elements of youth development (based on research)

  • Positive relationship with a caring adult (supporting volunteer club leaders)
  • Inclusive Environment (reaching out to all families)
  • Safe emotional and physical environment (safety/liability)
  • Opportunity for mastery (helping kids feel like they do something well)
  • Engagement in learning (hands-on learning)
  • Opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future (goal setting)
  • Opportunity for self-determination (lot of different options and topics to explore)
  • Opportunity to value and practice service to others (community service/leadership)

4-H has so many opportunities right outside your door make new friends, take great trips to new places, learn about new things! You can get involved in your community and help your neighbors as well as earn awards and recognition!

We would love to have you join!

Visit the 4-H Online page to learn how to register for free! You can visit our 4-H Programs page to learn about clubs to join or start your own. You can also visit our 4-H Events and Awards page to learn about our annual events and 4-H competitions. Lastly, you can stay up to date with New Hanover County 4-H happenings by visiting our news page or viewing our events calendar!

If you would like to support invaluable youth program in New Hanover County, you can donate directly and securely to our program through our Sponsorship Form linked below!

4-H Sponsorship Form

If you are interested in learning more about New Hanover County 4-H or have any questions, you can contact 4-H Agent, Elizabeth Stratton at