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Did you know that 4-H was in Urban Communities?

Nia Fields, Senior Agent 4-H Youth Development

Recently, Educators from Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Montgomery County 4-H presented a session at the National Urban Extension Conference in Kansas City, KS. Maryland 4-H Educators are leading the way in urban youth development with programs like Baltimore City Teen Corps, Baltimore County Tech Wizards and Montgomery County Adventures in Science. Did you know that Urban Extension was on the rise? Did you ever wonder what a 4-H program may (LOOK) like in an urban community? Maybe you are interested in partnering with 4-H to start a new program in an urban neighborhood. One way is to start a new 4-H club, school or afterschool program. Here are some tips to get started:

  • Your local 4-H Educator can provide the organizational and resource tools necessary to start and sustain your 4-H Club, School or Afterschool program. Look us up on our local websites.
  • Programs can be flexible to meet the needs of your community or site and can take place daily, weekly, monthly or seasonally.
  • 4-H Educators have the expertise and resources to train volunteers, staff and youth leaders to facilitate youth programs.
  • 4-H can also provide training in resources in a variety of project areas. Some include:
    • Junior Master Gardeners
    • Community Service Learning
    • Workforce Readiness
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Leadership and Citizenship
    • Creative Arts
    • Science, Engineering and Technology
    • Nutrition Education
    • Agricultural science
    • Animal science
    • Youth Development Training for Afterschool Providers
    • Volunteer Management
    • Experiential Learning Model


  • 4-H is for everyone and is represented in every county/city across Maryland. Find your local Extension Educator to launch your partnership with 4-H Youth Development!

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