4-H and Youth

Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program History

  • first organized in 1912 in West Virginia;
  • originally planned to provide needed life skills and vocational education for youths whose parents could not provide these resources;
  • originally conceived as an excellent way to initiate technological change through families;
  • a 100-year history of creative developmental work with youths;
  • always been delivered in a variety of models.