The goal of the North Carolina 4-H Program is to assist youth and adults in becoming competent, coping and contributing members of a global society, developing life skills through planned learn-by-doing experiences.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension at NC State University and NC A&T State University conducts the 4-H program.
4-H is the largest youth organization in North Carolina with 21,221 youth and adult volunteers and more than 240,000 participants. 4-H is best identified by its green four-leaf clover with an H on each leaf. The four H’s on the emblem stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 4-H is the only youth organization based at land-grant universities
and provides the first experience many youth have with higher education.
To learn more or to find out how to get involved with 4-H, visit the 4-H Website: http://www.nc4h.org
How are 4-H’ers “Making their Best Better?”
Expressive Arts & Communications 179,683
Family & Consumer Science 15,340
Environmental Edu. & Earth Sciences 162,366
Healthy Lifestyles Education 310,592
Personal Development & Leadership 274,208
Plants & Animals 158,836
Science & Technology 165,023
Citizenship & Civic Education 116,514
(NC 4-H Curriculum Areas, 2009)
Who participates in 4-H?
Community Clubs 14,976
Home School Clubs 1,874
After School Clubs 12,504
Military Youth Clubs 426
Special Interest 121,353
4-H Residential Camping 4,012
4-H Day Camping 17,040
School Enrichment (K-12) 132,914
Individual Projects 4,464
Child Care Education 14,964
4-H Instructional Video 3,510
Total (Duplications Eliminated) 240,926
How diverse is 4-H?
Caucasian 158,435 ~ 60%
African American 68,527 ~ 26%
Hispanic 21,984 ~ 8%
American Indian 6,223 ~ 2.5%
Asian 3,823 ~ 1.5%
Pacific Islander 66 ~ less 1%
Multi-racial 7,080 ~ 2.5%