About Ontario County 4-H
If you are between the ages 5 and 19, or if you are an adult interested in working with youth, 4-H may be for you. 4-H is the youth development program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Through hands-on learning, the 4-H Program creates supportive, fun learning environments that help youth and adult volunteers reach their fullest potential as capable, competent, and caring citizens. The 4-H Club is the learning environment that is most widely recognized, whether it is an organized group of youth and adult volunteers in a neighborhood or a group working with a special interest topic such as Animal Science or Community Service.
Cornell Cooperative Extension appreciates diversity, values volunteerism, and partners with community organizations and schools to make a difference for youth, families, and communities.
Getting Involved in 4-H:
The Four H's (head, heart, hands, and health) represent four basic human needs: independence, belonging, generosity, and mastery. Research indicates that youth whose basic needs are met in positive ways are likely to grow into active citizens and contributing members of their families and communities. 4-H can help you to help your child meet these needs.
By combining project activities with opportunities to go to camp, publicly show their work, travel, and meet new people, 4-H provides a framework on which young people can build self-confidence, responsibility, and generosity.
Becoming a member in 4-H can take you places you have never been before! 4-H members make new friends, learn new things and gain new skills that will last a lifetime. If you are between 5 and 19 years of age you can become a 4-H member.
What will I do in 4-H?
4-H members choose projects that interest them. There are more than 150 4-H projects to choose from. Members attend regular meetings, are involved in public speaking and community service activities, and can serve as a club officer. They may also want to participate in county events such as 4-H Camp or the Ontario County Fair.
How much does it cost to join 4-H?
Joining 4-H clubs costs very little – only $15/year for each member, with a maximum of $45/family. Individual clubs may charge dues to cover expenses, and some project areas, such as photography and livestock, may require a small investment for supplies and equipment. Clubs may get involved in 2 annual fundraisers that help raise money for their clubs.
When I join 4-H, do my parents have to become leaders?
Parents don't have to become 4-H leaders when you join 4-H, but most leaders appreciate the assistance of parents or other adults. This help can range from being a project leader, to driving members to activities, to supplying refreshments for a meeting.
Becoming a volunteer:
If you enjoy working with youth and would like to help them reach their full potential as capable, competent and caring citizens, become a 4-H volunteer! There are many ways to get involved: serve as a club leader, teach a project, organize special activities, serve on a committee and more. Whatever your talents or interests, there is a volunteer role for you. 4-H volunteers receive excellent training, guidance and ongoing supervision appropriate to the specific roles they assume.
To learn more about 4-H volunteer opportunities and to obtain a volunteer application form, email Jennifer Jensen or call (585) 394-3977 x 428.
The 4-H Pledge
My Head to clearer thinking,
My Heart to greater loyalty,
My Hands to larger service,
My Health to better living,
For my Club, my Community,
My Country, and my World