About 4-H

About 4-H

Empowering youth through personal development and community outreach

Motto: To make the best, better.

In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

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Youth are empowered by 4-H.  It is exciting to watch their development!  When younger members see older members leading activities or giving a demonstration about something they have learned, it helps them realize the potential they have inside themselves!  They can take small steps in leadership, public speaking, and responsibility that eventually lead them to be self-confident individuals.  

The foundation of 4-H takes place in the local 4-H Club.  In Franklin County we have over 40 clubs.  Each club has it's own unique personality based on it's size, members, advisors, and activity level. 

It is important to realize that to gain the positive effects of 4-H, it is necessary to have commitment.  

Commitment to:

  • attend the local club meetings - clubs meet a minimum of 6 times, many meet more than that
  • take at least one 4-H project per year AND complete it (most project books are $6 - the cost to complete a project varies depending on the content and the desired outcome)
  • pay dues and fees ($20 county dues per year, club dues differ per club, additional fees for activities and the fair)
  • be aware of deadlines and follow-through 
  • support the club advisors, realize they are volunteers
  • read county newsletters and club updates - stay informed


4-H Youth Development

Learn more about 4-H by watching the video.  It is all about Franklin County 4-H and the impact this youth organization has had on those involved! Warning - extreme fun and happiness will be seen on this video!

Interested in learning more about Franklin County 4-H?  Visit this link to go to the Franklin County Extension site.

If you are interested in joining 4-H after the yearly enrollment is closed, plan to visit the Franklin County Fair in July and visit the following places to "see" what 4-H clubbers do: Ganyard Building, Activities Tent, Burke Livestock Building, 4-H Horse Arena, and the 4-H Pop Stand.   After the fair, contact some clubs to find a good fit for your child!