Dunn County 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

  • Are you interested in bringing a group of youth to UW-Madison campus to explore science? There are 10 different science venues to choose from and over 25 workshops to experience. From astronomy to stem cells, there are hands-on workshops for everyone to explore. Fill out the UW-Madison Campus Science Field Trip Interest Form to reserve […]
  • Remember the Positive Youth Development (PYD) Media Collection! The Media Collection is a library of educational tools that can be borrowed from anywhere in the state. Most of the materials are for learning in the Animal Science project areas, but there are others. Visit the PYD Media Collection website to see what is available. You […]
  • Did you know tomatoes originated in the Andes Mountains deep in South America? This fascinating fruit (or vegetable, we’ll let you decide) has a unique story to share. It’s traveled around the world and has become an important food in many cultures. Open to 3-6th graders, our tomato project box will dive into tomatoes, specifically […]
  • Cloverly Greetings,  I am beyond excited to be a part of the Chippewa County Extension team as the Wisconsin 4-H Program Educator. Having grown up in the Sauk County 4-H Program, graduated, and served as a volunteer and statewide adult advisor in Eau Claire County and Hennepin County 4-H programs, 4-H has been a significant […]
  • The Poultry Project is among the most popular 4-H projects in Wisconsin. This is likely because of the wide variety of birds that members can explore, the relative ease of caring for birds, and the flexibility many towns and cities offer for residents to keep a limited number of backyard birds. Whether 4-Hers are interested […]
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