Preparing Youth for Success

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects - anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

Perry County currently has approximately 35 4-H clubs with over 900 members, ages 5-18, and 135 adult volunteers. Club members participate in project-learning on topics such as Arts & Writing, Food & Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyles, Livestock & Small Animals, Clothing & Textiles, Photography, Engineering & Woodworking, Leadership, Home Decorating & Design, Money Management, and MUCH MORE!

 Jessica Rockey

For more information about Perry County 4-H youth development programs contact me, Jessica Rockey at 740-743-1602.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at

Special Needs Accommodations

Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan. Visit for more information and to download the request form.

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