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4-H Volunteers

4-H leader and two club members with rabbit; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDAWho We Are:

4-H is the youth development program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

4-H is a learning-by-doing program for kids. 4-H offers a wide variety of programs and projects in these categories:

  • Youth in Governance (Citizenship & Leadership)
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Science, Engineering & Technology (Including a wide variety of animal science programs)
  • Earth Connections & Sustainable Living

1,600 4-H Volunteers are helping over 30,000 youth statewide acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to become self-directing, productive and contributory members of society.

What We Do:

In addition to clubs, kids can participate in special-interest groups, overnight camping, day camps, school enrichment, and after-school programs.

The four “H”s target Life Skills:

  • Head
    Planning & Organizing
    Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Heart
    Communication & Cooperation
    Showing Concern for Others
  • Hands
    Community Service & Volunteering with Others
  • Healthy Lifestyles
    Stress Management & Disease Prevention
    Character Education

Where We Are Located:

Currently, more than 20,000 Maine youth participate in 4-H activities across the state. We offer state-, region-, and county-wide events. Check with your UMaine Extension county office to find out what 4-H is doing in your community

Volunteer Experiences Can Include:

Whether you are an alumn, adult, teen or invested community member, we offer many ways to get involved and volunteer with our programs. Choose your area of interest to find out more:

How to Apply:

For information on how to get involved with the 4-H Program as a Club, Individual, Alumni or a Volunteer, contact the 4-H staff member in your county.