Since its inception, 4-H has emphasized the importance of young people as engaged, well-informed citizens.  

By connecting to their communities and leaders, young people understand their role in civic affairs and expand their role in decision-making.

Civic engagement provides the foundation for youth to understand the "big picture" of life and find purpose and meaning.  

The core areas of citizenship are:

  • Civic engagement (voice, advocacy, activism)
  • Service (community service, service-learning, community youth development)
  • Civic education (government principles, processes and structure, personal roles and responsibilities, history and cultural heritage)
  • Leadership (leadership, respect, understanding, character development)

4-H members learn citizenship by engaging with the community and building relationships with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds.