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

  • The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation is proud to announce this year’s scholarship recipients. This year was another extremely competitive year, with only the top 5% of all applicants receiving scholarships. Scholarships are awarded through company and individual endowed funds by supporters who share a passion for 4-H and the leadership and life skills it teaches. This […]
  • On March 13th, Lucy Johnson, from the Evansville 4-H club in Rock County, had the opportunity to play her violin at the Spark Celebration Conference in Washington DC. The event aimed to honor exceptional 4-H’ers and demonstrate appreciation for the time they devote to their craft. Out of numerous talents, Lucy was chosen as one […]
  • Waupaca County 4-H Super Saturday is the largest project training held annually during the 4-H year. Super Saturday is a hands-on project learning day for youth and families, where they learn more about a variety of 4-H projects and meet others with similar interests. The purpose of this effort is to broaden participants experiences, increase […]
  • The Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council is excited to announce that the Fall Forum Call for Workshop and Interaction Station Proposals is now open! Fall Forum 2024 “Sparking New Connections” will be held at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn and Convention Center, November 2-3. There will be opportunities for sharing interactive stations on Saturday in the […]
  • April 21-27 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and we have some amazing volunteers here in the Wisconsin 4-H program! In Wisconsin, we have around 7,000 volunteers that are making a difference in the lives of the 4-H youth every day. Through your gift of time, talents, and knowledge, we can reach more youth in our […]
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