The 4-H program was established more than a century ago as a way to reach rural children with educational programs, opportunities to expand their horizons and develop self-confidence and competence. Although many things have changed over the years, the program continues to help children grow in skills, interests and experience.
4-H is a global network of organizations that provide youth development experiential learning programs with the goal of developing citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills. In the United States, 4-H is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and its programs are conducted in partnership with the Cooperative Extension System. UConn Extension is housed in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. In Connecticut, 4-H is as diverse as the population it serves, according to Bonnie Burr, assistant director of UConn Extension.