4-H Center for Youth Development
Learning activities and opportunities
Designed for groups of ten or more youth
Missouri 4-H has projects and activities to meet the needs and interests of almost any group of young people. 4-H programs are educational, fun, and action-oriented and provide a variety of experiences that can be adapted for different settings. Typical 4-H settings include school classrooms, after school programs, clubs, and camps. The following group learning opportunities are specifically designed for groups of 10 or more youth but most can easily be adapted for smaller groups.
LOGO (Missouri Youth Engaged in Local Government)
Citizenship Education Clearing
4-H Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE)
A14: Operation: Military Kids
This curriculum brings action and experience to the classroom, using a still-air incubator. Students observe the development of the chick in the egg, hatching and post-hatch care.
Show Me Standards Goals 1, 3; Content - Science 3, 4, 7
LG1502, Hatching Classroom Projects
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This curriculum is designed to provide you with background information
and exciting experiential activities dealing with life science for use in
your classroom. Each activity is designed to be grade-level appropriate and
has been correlatedto U.S. National Science Education Standards.
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As the saying goes, “when you have your health, you have everything!” Health is the fourth “H” in the 4-H Clover and a common topic for youth today. Nutrition, physical fitness and emotional well-being are just some of the health issues that contribute to healthy lifestyles for all individuals. The following resources provide interactive activities that promote health for youth. Youth can learn about healthy lifestyles, learn about themselves, and have fun!
This curriculum provides educators and students with background information and hands-on fun for children in grades 5 to 9 about the properties of water, watershed basics, stream ecology, dynamics of contaminants in water, and personal responsibility for one’s community. The materials have been designed to help teachers involve students in hands-on activities rather than lecturing or reading to them. Most require only inexpensive, readily available materials. The authors have tried to suggest activities for students in urban and rural areas, and for students of different backgrounds and abilities.
Safety is everyone’s concern and business. We suggest that a local 4-H club examine the safety needs in the community and develop a safety education program based on these needs. Possible topics might include: abandoned well identification and proper closing, fire alarms, seat belts, water safety, safety with pets, etc.
Guide to exploring African-American
LG1000, Guide to Exploring African-American Culture (order)
Que' Rico! LaCultura
- Latino cultural arts
Tornados, floods, earthquakes, ice storms - disasters happen. In the case of a wide spread disaster, professional emergency personnel will not be able to respond to every citizen’s needs. How can you learn the skills that will be needed before, during and after a disaster? Take the 4-H Teen CERT Training! This class covers basic, critical skills needed to prepare for and protect yourself, your family, your friends, and your community in the event of a disaster. 4-H youth and volunteers will work with youth staff and local emergency management agencies to plan and conduct the CERT training. For many communities, this program is the beginning of a youth-adult partnership for ongoing youth participation in community emergency response planning and training. Teen CERT teams will learn all the skills taught in the federal CERT program, be introduced to many career opportunities within the emergency response field, and help their community prepare for a disaster.
4-H teen CERT includes:
Citizenship – public adventures
Young people can contribute to their communities now - they do not have to wait until they are voting age! 4-H members can be planners, advisors, evaluators, decision-makers and more! 4-H members may serve on a local board or task force, be county extension council youth representatives, conduct community surveys, start new community programs or form youth councils.
3,2,1... Action! is a videography workshop for teams of youths and adults coming together to learn new skills and create public service announcements. Originally sponsored by Operation: Military Kids the workshop encourages PSA development about military youth programs, 4-H and life as a military kid. Teams are encouraged to include team members from Active Duty Military, National Guard, Reserves and community and must be interested in learning about information technology to create digital videos.
Learn marketable technology skills
Gain leadership skills
Use skills/knowledge you already have
Experience cutting-edge technology (digital video editing, Pinnacle, etc.)
Work with technology experts from around the world
Gain access to the latest technology tools
Develop a public service announcement using technology
Members of the 3, 2, 1...Action
Team will help develop public service announcements that explain how Army
youth programs and 4-H work together to make life for kids in the military
and the community better.
Ever wonder what it would be like to start your own business, or to go into business with your friends? Do you currently earn money from a 4-H project? Do you and your friends have ideas for something you could market and sell to others? You could be entrepreneurs in the making! Entrepreneurship starts teams of youths out on the path to planning and doing what they love and loving what they do — for profit! Identify your team’s abilities, locate market opportunities in your community, learn from adult business owners, identify resources for your business, and launch your team’s venture!
4 Habitat is a partnership between 4-H, MU Human Environmental Sciences–Architectural Studies Extension, and Habitat for Humanity. A 4-Habitat team integrates:
4-H/Extension staff, volunteer, and youth abilities and skills
Opportunities for 4-H youth to apply skills and practice service to others
Support for low-income homeowner families
Working with a Habitat for Humanity family, youth and volunteers engage in a service experience that enhance youth skills in the areas of project planning and implementation, home maintenance, interior design, energy efficiency, landscaping and nutrition. A family learns about interior design and to care for their new home in a more energy efficient and cost efficient manner.
Move Across Missouri (MOVE)
4-H groups can learn and practice skills in the conservation of natural resources such as soil, water, forests, grasslands, wildlife and energy. Many kinds of conservation projects can be done by 4-H groups.
LG147, Planning 4-H Conservation Programs (order)
4-H Million Tree
Any 4-H member can participate, but we do ask that you take time to officially sign up as a participant and to report your tree plantings.
Garden 'n grow
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Who we are
Youth Development Academy
4-H Million Trees
Move Across Missouri
Show Me Character
Show Me Nutrition
Summers @ Mizzou
Youth Development Academy
4-H materials and forms
4-H related links
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