We offer several programs that serve our community: 4-H Clubs, facilitated by adult volunteers, and AfterSchool programs, offered in coordination with Washoe County School District, led by trained Extension Staff, teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) using research-based curriculum.

Each year in Nevada nearly 50,000 young people participate in 4-H generated activities; over 15,000 of them are in Washoe County. They learn confidence, leadership, record keeping and other transferable life skills. They do better in school as well.


4-H strengthens and promotes healthy youth development to give young people the capacity to act as responsible citizens and agents of community change.

By understanding the complex experiences that youth face and promoting high-quality youth leadership development, 4-H helps youth meet the challenges of adolescence and transition to adulthood. Through youth-adult partnerships, 4-H connects youth and adults to their communities, preparing them for work and life. 4-H engages both youth and adults in intentional, experiential, and inquiry-based learning and also provides emerging research and policy to highlight positive youth development. 4-H partners with the Land-Grant University System to support America’s youth.

Guiding Principles

The four guiding principles of 4-H youth development programs are:

  • Positive Youth Development
  • Partnerships
  • Learning
  • Youth Potential


4-H’ers are often involved in long-term learning experiences with peers and adult volunteers. Active, hands-on learning is a staple of the program. Youth choose topics that interest them, ranging from the broad areas of science, healthy living, and citizenship/civic engagement. Community service, leadership, and public speaking are typical opportunities.

4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring, and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders, and help shape their communities.

The Essential Elements of the 4-H program include creating an environment where youth feel a sense of belonging, have an opportunity to master skills, practice independence, and develop a spirit of generosity.

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