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UConn 4-H provides an environment where youth can thrive

UConn 4-H is the youth development program of UConn Extension. As part of the University of Connecticut, 4-H has access to research-based, age-appropriate information needed to help youth reach their full potential.  The mission of 4-H is to assist all youth ages 5-18 in acquiring knowledge, developing leadership and life skills while forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of their families and communities.

4-H started in 1902 and we've been offering programs in Connecticut for over 120 years. Our 4-H alumni are found around the world, leading organizations in the boardroom, proficiently managing agricultural operations, and as civil servants in our local and state government.

UConn 4-H uses the thriving model in our Extension youth development programs, and these align with all of the strategic initiatives in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. These include climate adaptation and resilience; promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; enhancing health and well-being; ensuring sustainable agriculture and food systems; and fostering sustainable landscapes at the urban-rural interface.