4-H and Positive Youth Development

Welcome to Dunn County 4-H!

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

For more than a century, Wisconsin has been a leader in 4-H youth development, giving young people throughout the state an opportunity to learn new skills, gain self-confidence and contribute to their communities.  Using real-life experiences from a team of devoted educators and volunteers, 4-H members benefit from leadership training, community-building experiences and experiential-learning opportunities to better their own lives and the lives of the people around them.

The wide array of 4-H programs enriches the lives of participants and their families and strengthens Wisconsin’s communities through volunteer service, civic involvement, and leadership.

What is 4-H all about?

4-H members get involved in their communities as volunteers and youth leaders. They learn new things by completing dozens of different kinds of projects, going on trips, having parties, hosting international students, participating in local government, experimenting with science, making art, going to camp, learning to canoe or taking care of an animal. These activities are largely facilitated though, research-based youth programming, learning-by-doing, regular 4-H club meetings, and adult mentorship. 4-H fosters healthy youth and adult relationships through process solving, project development, and interactive learning. 4-H is fun. 4-H grows here!

According to the 4‑H Study of Positive Youth Development by Tufts University, 4‑H youth are:

  • 6 times more likely to be at the highest levels of positive development
  • More likely to see themselves going to college compared to other youth
  • 25% more likely to contribute to themselves, their families, and communities
  • 41% less likely to engage in high risk behaviors

The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is a longitudinal study that began in 2002 and was repeated annually for eight years, surveying more than 7,000 adolescents from diverse backgrounds across 42 U.S. states. Check out the Full Report | Fact Sheet


If you have any questions regarding Dunn County 4-H, please contact:

Extension Dunn County
3001 US Hwy 12 E, Suite 216
Menomonie WI 54751-3045
Phone: 715-232-1636

Statewide 4-H News

  • You know your new club could be something special when the only question from youth after every meeting is “when will we do it again, when will we do it again!?” That’s the situation that every club leader wants to find themselves in, and what Jasmine Carbajal of Marathon County found with the launching of […]
  • Every year, Wisconsin 4-H brings youth from around the world to stay with a host family for four weeks of the summer. Students are matched with a family who has a child of similar age and gender to become their host sibling and share their culture with their student. Host families and delegates are matched […]
  • Description The Tractor Supply Company (TSC) has worked with 4-H for the past several years by coordinating a paper clover campaign held in the spring and fall of each year.  Proceeds from the sale of paper clovers at each Wisconsin TSC store go to the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation to be used for leadership programming.  This […]
  • Wisconsin 4-H and UW-Madison Extension are excited to announce a new student opportunity: the Summer Academy! This program is open to any 4-Hers in grades 7-10 and will be held from June 19-22, 2023 on the UW-Madison campus. Students will be able to experience life in a residence hall, with the chance to build lifelong […]
  • Heather Vierling – NASA is always looking for the best and the brightest…people who have “THE RIGHT STUFF”. The 2023 Wisconsin 4-H Advanced Space Academy delegation delivered on this task. This group of dynamic, intelligent, and enthusiastic youth spent a week in Huntsville, Alabama at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center showing us their unique […]
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