4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

Citizenship and Service Learning

*The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, 2013.
*The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, 2013.
4-H strives to develop young people who are engaged and informed citizens.  Through hands-on activities, members learn leadership, empathy, communication, and organization while expanding their role in decision-making processes.  With intentional connection to their communities, youth come to understand "the big picture" and their role in civic affairs.

What is citizenship?

4-H Citizenship is the knowledge, skills, attitudes and motivation that give youth the capacity to move beyond ones individual self-interest and to be committed to the well-being of some larger group.

Four Focus Areas of 4-H Citizenship:     

  • Civic Engagement
  • Civic Education
  • Service
  • Personal Development 
California Focus
California Focus takes 4-Hers on a journey through their state's government. Witness California’s government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes.
CWF
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) an educational conference offered at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C, gives youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need in order to become outstanding leaders.
Button for Leadership Washington Focus (LWF)
Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), a precursor to CWF, is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9. Participants are immersed in the culture and history of our nation through on-site workshops at D.C.’s most spectacular sights.
Citizenship Resources
Access Citizenship Resources for your Plan of Action, Publicity Packets, and other citizenship web resources.
4-H Citizenship Curricula
See Recommended Citizenship Curricula for a wide variety of curricula materials exist for the 4-H mission area of Citizenship and Service Learning. See our recommended list.
Service Learning Projects
Interested in starting a Service Learning Project? Access a comprehensive toolkit designed to help you succeed in your community project.  
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