University of Maryland Extension

Baltimore City

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baltimore-city

Enrollment Fee

The challenging economic times our nation has directly affected the funding available to University of Maryland Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program. Substantial budget cuts over the past two years, and anticipated budget cuts this next year, have led to the need to institute a 4-H participation fee for all 4-H club members in Maryland. This fee will help ensure that Maryland 4-H can continue to be one of the leading youth development programs in our state. Beginning with the 2011 4-H year, each youth club member will be required to pay a $10 participation fee annually which equals $.83 cents per month. These funds will be used to sustain 4-H programming across the state of Maryland. We assembled a statewide committee comprised of youth and adult volunteers, educators and administrators to work on the details of this plan.

4-H Facts

4-H Mission: 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H Vision: A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change. The 4-H Pledge: I pledge my head to clearer thinking, My heart to greater loyalty, My hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

4-H History

In Baltimore City, 4-H programming began in 1970 with a pilot effort and a full program was begun in 1972. The first club organized was the Friendship Club that operated through the YWCA. Sewing and Nutrition were initial program emphasis of 4-H in Baltimore. Sewing was the primary project area of the all girls Friendship Club. The first club in public housing was established in the Lafayette Courts Project, and their project area included gardening, community service and child care.

4-H & Youth

4-H is a community of more than 6.5 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The 4-H community also includes 3,500 staff, 538,000 volunteers and 60 million alumni. 4-Hers participate in fun, hands-on learning activities supported by the latest research of land-grant universities that are focused on three areas: healthy living, citizenship, and science, engineering and technology. Youth can experience 4-H by becoming a member of a 4-H club, attending a 4-H camp, or joining school-based or after-school 4-H programs. 4-Hers can compete with their projects in contests at the local, state, regional or national levels and also attend conferences and events.

4-H Programs

The Baltimore City 4-H Youth Development Program provides a supportive setting for all youth to reach their fullest potential. Youth learn beneficial cognitive and life skills through community-focused, research-based, experiential educational programs. The following are Baltimore City 4-H Programs, Special Events, and Workshops that are available.

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