4-H is a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs and sometimes in classrooms. 4-H members decide for themselves which of more than 60 projects they want to learn more about. Most projects use hands on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life skills such as cooperation, leadership, and decision making - skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime.
4-H is sponsored in Indiana by the Extension Service of Purdue University. Nationally, it is part of the Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Local leadership is provided by 4-H Youth Educators in the county offices of the Elkhart County Extension Service, which is supported financially by county, state, and federal tax dollars. Volunteer leaders also play a major roll in Elkhart County 4-H. Most clubs have a volunteer leader(s) who is in charge of the club and may have additional leaders.
Isn't 4-H just for farm kids? Absolutely NOT! 4-H is for all young people, regardless of where they live, what interests them, or their background. Approximately 92% of the 4-H members in Elkhart County live in urban areas. There is something for everyone in 4-H.