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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.

Denver 4-H programs are more than you ever imagined!

Our 4-H programs are unique experiences in positive youth development, with a direct link to Colorado State University.  We offer a customized, urban 4-H program, which provides hands-on experiences in many ways. The Denver 4-H program designs projects to meet the needs of youth, parents, volunteers, schools, recreation centers, libraries, community agencies and more.  Partnerships are the hallmark of urban 4-H programs, and we could not deliver Denver 4-H Programs without being connected to other youth-serving volunteers and organizations.

Community led 4-H Clubs

A group of young people and their families meeting, connecting and working together in interesting project areas is often recognized by 4-H as a club.  Our Denver 4-H Club meetsdiscoverit-card-page-001 monthly.  The 4-H Year is October to September.  Many of our current club members are working to figure out which projects they want to experience and exhibit at the Denver County (late July) and/or Colorado State Fair (late August).  Some of the members in the Denver 4-H Clubs and other clubs and groups who are not exhibiting at the Fair, are still meeting regularly with an adult leader, to discuss their individual projects, community service projects and other demonstrations (or competitions) with their new experiences and knowledge.  To learn more about the club and the meeting schedule, please email Denver 4-H Agent, Mr. Robert Franklin.  When you can come and see how 4-H clubs work, and meet some of our club members and leaders, you can enroll right away!

4-H School Enrichment Programs

Teachers are busy people. 4-H provides opportunities to enhance daily programming in subject matter areas with an extensive variety of interactive, hands on learning from curricula developed by a system of land grant universities. Some enrichment areas include: leadership, science, gardening, environmental education, arts and crafts, dramatic arts, and much more… View the current 4-H School Enrichment Programs.

Out-of-School Time Opportunities

Whether after school, at a recreation center, church or in a park, 4-H programming exists through short-term sessions, projects and/or events – led by a passionate denver-clovervolunteer teacher, parent or community member who cares deeply about working with youth in a particular subject area. Our most readily view-able out-of-school time programs during the school year are those we offer in partnership with Denver Parks and Recreation. Currently our programs are featured in 10 different Denver recreation centers as a part of the MY Denver program.  If you or your family is interested in a cooking experience where youth are the focus, send us an email and we can send you the details of the location nearest you!

Volunteer Opportunities

Bringing youth and adults together in a positive relationship creates long time community bonds. Program, project and club leaders are often parent volunteers, teachers, agency staff members, community leaders, and church parishioners. These bonds are strengthened by 4-H’s fundamental philosophy that all youth have something to contribute and all adults have something to learn. Adults work closely as mentors with youth as they “learn by doing”, working to perfect important life skills…Read more about volunteer opportunities with Denver 4-H here!
Become a 4-H volunteer today!