4-H / Youth

The youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, 4-H is rich with learning experiences in which young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.

Virginia 4-H is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the Virginia 4-H Farm Credit and Associations Region Bank Scholarship and the Virginia 4-H Nancy H. Ascue 4-H Scholarship.  


Virginia 4-H Farm Credit and Associations Region Bank Scholarship

Farm Credit Associations and Regions Bank have been very supportive of youth and their interest and education  in the field of agriculture. Through the Virginia 4‐H Foundation, they are happy to provide scholarships for youth to pursue their dreams of higher education.

  • 5 (five) $1000 scholarships will be awarded for 2023
  • For consideration for the Farm Credit Association Regions Bank 4-H Scholarship you must:
    • Be a participant of Virginia 4-H
    • Be pursuing a secondary education at Virginia Tech or another accredited educational institution, enrolled or to be enrolled.
    • Preference given to 4‐H members who are also enrolled in FFA and/or have competed in Virginia State Fair competitions.
  • All applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2023 for consideration.

Virginia 4-H Farm Credit and Associations Region Bank Scholarship Application and  Information

Virginia 4-H Nancy H. Ascue 4-H Scholarship

The late Nancy Ascue, was a Smyth County 4‐H member who won many honors including the grand champion market steer for three years at the Bristol Jr. Steer Show and Sale. A graduate from VPI &SU (Virginia Tech), she spent a career in Extension, as a 4‐H Agent (Tazewell and Russell Counties), County Director. She was awarded the NAE4‐HA Distinguished Service Award in 1972 and was inducted in to the 4‐H Hall of Fame in 2007.  She was a strong advocate of 4‐H volunteer club leaders and realized early that a positive, long‐term relationship with a caring adult was important in a young person's development. She strengthened 4‐H everywhere and enriched so many lives along the way. Many credit their success as adults to their involvement in 4‐H and Nancy for inspiring them to realize and achieve their dreams. This scholarship is given in memory of Nancy Ascue by Fred and Carla Adkins for 4‐H'ers in Southwest Virginia to have the opportunity to pursue similar transformational experiences, as Nancy encouraged 4‐H'ers to do.

  • 3 (three) $1000 scholarships will be awarded for 2023
  • To be considered for the Nancy H. Ascue 4‐H Scholarship, you must:
    • Be a participant of Virginia 4-H
    • Be from Southwest Virginia with first preference given to candidates residing in Russell County, VA
    • Be pursuing secondary education from Virginia Tech, or to be enrolled at Virginia Tech
  • All applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2023 for consideration.

Nancy H. Ascue 4-H Scholarship Application and Information

Developing Confident Leaders

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.    

Young people in the 4-H community learn leadership, citizenship, and a vast array of life skills that benefit them for the rest of their lives. Through school-based, after-school, and community clubs as well as camp settings, 4-H members pledge to build a better community, country, and world.

Ready for the Future

4-H participants are youth, ages 5 to 19, taking part in programs provided as the result of actions planned and initiated by Extension personnel in cooperation with volunteers. With a direct connection to research at Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, 4-H is the first experience many young people have with higher education. 4-H is characterized as being community-centered, volunteer-led, Extension-staff supervised, research-based, home- and family-oriented, publicly and privately funded, and responsive to change.

4-H provides a large variety of educational learning opportunities and experiences. Leadership, citizenship, and life skills are taught through learn-by-doing projects, local club programs, and 4-H camps, as well as at county, district, state, and national events. If you're interested in joining 4-H, contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office and ask about the 4-H program.

Opportunities in Your Community

Community 4-H clubs (9 through 18 years of age) offer a variety of 4-H projects for their members, generally meet in homes or public buildings, meet 9 to 12 months of the year, and have elected youth officers.

Project 4-H clubs (9 through 18 years of age) focus on a single 4-H project or subject matter area (i.e. horse clubs, photography clubs, etc.), generally meet in homes or public buildings, meet 9 to 12 months of the year, and have elected youth officers.

In-school 4-H clubs (9 through 18 years of age) meet during school hours, are approved by the school system, and have elected youth officers.

After-school 4-H clubs (9 through 18 years of age) meet after school hours, usually from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., in a school or public building; use 4-H materials; and may or may not have elected youth officers (depending on its organizational setup, a short- or long-term club).

4-H School Enrichment clubs (9 through 18 years of age) meet during school hours and are designed to strengthen the members’ knowledge of school subject-matter areas, thus complimenting what the school is teaching. The club may or may not have elected youth officers (depending on its organizational setup, a short- or long-term club).

Special Interest 4-H groups (9 through 18 years of age) have short-term learning experiences designed to create interest in a subject matter area, learn about 4-H, and have no elected youth officers.

Cloverbud 4-H groups are designed for youth 5 through 8 years of age who are introduced to 4-H through special learning activities designed for their age group. There are no elected youth officers and no competitive events for Cloverbuds.

Age Eligibility

The five through 18 years of age designation includes youth who will turn five during the 4-H year (October 1 through September 30).  Eligibility for 4-H membership terminates on December 31 of the year the member has his or her 19th birthday. 

Pub # Form
388-274 A Guide for 4-H Club Officers
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388-016 Virtual Farm
388-563 Virginia 4-H Camping
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388-032 (4H-190) Leadership Pins Order
388-082 Recognition Certificate
388-033 (4H-215NP) Project Medal Order Form
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388-031 National 4-H Congress
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388-562 Virginia 4-H Camping Handbook

Inspire the Next Generation. Become a 4-H Volunteer!

You are more than just a volunteer in 4-H — you are instrumental in inspiring the next generation.

4-H programs look to volunteers to help our young people learn the skills they need to prepare for their futures while also having fun!

More than 14,000 volunteers worked with Virginia youth last year — helping them learn by doing. In 4-H, you can help youth have opportunities to master life challenges, cultivate independence with guidance from caring adults, gain a sense of belonging within a positive group, and share a spirit of generosity with others.

Volunteers are essential to help youth make the most of these learning opportunities. According to recent research, youth who are provided with positive adult interactions grow to become strong, confident young adults (Tufts University, 2006).

As a 4-H Volunteer, You Can...

  • Lead youth within school-based, after-school, and camp settings and in community clubs
  • Serve as a chaperone, board member, judge, or camp counselor
  • Develop and support community service opportunities for youth to make a difference in their communities
  • Teach youth using research-based university curricula
  • Work with other adults to create fun, new programs for youth

Share Your Interests

If you are interested in leading a project-based club, you can share your expertise to provide young people with learning opportunities as varied as rocketry, GPS mapping, public speaking, agricultural science, photography, community service, and so much more.

Using research-based 4-H project curriculum, you will have the resources to learn as you teach. Either way, you will have the support you need from your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.

You can also create a new project-based club and invite other youth and adults to join you in learning about that topic in your community.

Join with Your Family

Interested in joining 4-H with your children? Families involved in 4-H report that they work better together by scheduling time to focus on developing communication skills, setting goals, and experiencing family-wide learning opportunities.

A Perfect Fit

With a variety of flexible options, you can decide your level of involvement, based on your skills and time available.  

Learn More

Contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office for more information.

The valuable work of 4-H is enhanced by school, community, and corporate partners who have made a commitment to youth across America. Together we are developing cutting-edge opportunities and providing high-quality experiences for youth to learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills.  

To learn how you can partner on a project in your community, contact your local Extension Office.  

If you would like to explore a state programming partnership, please contact the State 4-H Office.

Office Location

The State 4-H office is located on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Mailing Address

Virginia 4-H
107 Hutcheson Hall, Virginia Tech (0419)
250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office Hours

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone Numbers

Phone:  540-231-6372

Fax: 540-231-0762


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