4-H Youth and Development

4-H is one of the largest youth development organizations in America with more than 7 million young people involved. 4-H is in all fifty states, US territories and military installations worldwide. With its direct connection to over 106 land grant universities, 4-H is the first experience many young people have with higher education.

Young people in the 4-H program learn leadership, citizenship and a vast array of life skills that benefit them for the rest of their lives. Standing for head, heart, hands and health. 4-H uses more than a century of experience in youth development programming to build strong, confident leaders.

4-H encourages young people to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learn by doing" philosophy in youth development. With more than 200 projects available to members in Lincoln County, young people in the 4-H program can explore projects from rocketry, public speaking, livestock, photography and more. These hands on learning opportunities help young people in 4-H develop into mature young adults ready to serve as leaders and role models in their communities and enter today's challenging workforce.

Studies show that 4-H members do better in school, are more motivated to help others, feel safe to try new things, achieve a sense of self esteem and develop lasting friendship. 4-H welcomes youth and adults to connect with others and learn about all 4-H has to offer.

Service And Participation Opportunities

County, District & State service and participation opportunities include:

  • County & State 4H officers are elected by their peers.
  • Diplomats & Ambassadors plan and carry out county and state 4H events. State 4H Ambassadors attend the National 4H Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Schools offer hands-on training in the care and showmanship of horses, lambs, goats, swine, dairy cows, and steers.
  • Novice Camp features three days of workshops and activities.
  • County camps offer group educational and recreational activities for all members.
  • County contests include fashion revue; judging; consumer decision making; presentations; identification of crops, wildlife and entomology; shooting sports; and quiz show format subject matter bowls.
  • Novices and Juniors represent their county at the District Contest.
  • Seniors represent the county at the State 4H Conference.
  • Teen Get Away is a leadership development conference for 12 and 13 year-old 4H members.
  • 4Hers participating in production livestock projects may participate in Jackpots, Sales and Shows.
  • County and State Fairs are venues for 4Hers to exhibit their finished project work and livestock.
  • Scholarships are available to senior 4H members.

National & International opportunities include:

  • National 4H Congress;
  • Citizenship Washington Focus;
  • National 4H Conference;
  • Western Region 4H Leader's Forum;
  • National 4H Week;
  • National Judging Contests; and
  • International 4H Youth Exchange, in which 4H members and alumni live with families in other countries for an extended time.

Volunteers

Volunteers are the core of 4H. While the Extension staff oversees 4H, organizational and project leaders are volunteers. In addition, community leaders offer specialized information and assistance.

Lincoln county has approximately 3500 students enrolled in four public schools. The great potential to involve more youth in the 4H program will necessitate a greater number of volunteer leaders, without which 4H could not exist.

We currently have six 4H clubs in Lincoln County:

The Mal Pais Colts Leader Martha Bond

Corona Chaparral Leader Trish Cox

Hondo Valley 4H Leader Dr. Mary Jane Cooper

Capitan 4H Leader Velma Ward, Sharon Young

Ruidoso 4H Leader TBA

If you would like contact information to inquire about these clubs, please call the County Extension Office at 575-648-2311.

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