4-H & Youth Development
University of Maine Cooperative Extension conducts the state’s most successful out-of-school youth educational program through 4-H. 4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential.
In 2016, 4-H reached 28,516 youth throughout the state of Maine and reached more underserved and underrepresented youth in Maine than ever before. Youth participated in 4-H through clubs, camps, schools, afterschool, and special interest programs. Dedicated and committed UMaine Extension faculty and staff, and more than 2,000 volunteers, provided positive learning experiences for:
- 9,000 youth through our 4-H Camp and Learning Centers
- 2,600 youth through our 4-H clubs
- 9,000 youth through our FoodCorps program
- 3,500 youth through our Eat Well program
- 10,500 youth through our Special Interest/Short Term programs
- 9,600 youth through our School Enrichment Programs
Many of the 28,516 youth participated in more than one of our programs.
The 4-H program has three mission mandates (program areas of focus). Our project enrollments for youth in those three areas are:
- 40,378 projects focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
- 17,193 projects focused on Healthy Lifestyles
- 8,938 projects focused on Youth Community Action/Engagement/Leadership
Again, many of the 28,516 youth participated in more than one project.
Our Extension employees and volunteers are committed to
- creating positive experiential learning experiences for Maine youth;
- promoting and helping create positive relationships between youth and adults;
- creating and supporting positive, inclusive, and safe learning environments; and
- providing youth with opportunities to experience positive risk-taking challenges and growth.