About Fairfield County 4-H
4-H in Fairfield County is the youth component of the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System. This page talks specifically about 4-H in Fairfield County. Want to know EVERYTHING there is to know about 4-H? Click here.
The goal of Fairfield County 4-H is to help youth Dream of new horizons and Achieve new heights. This is done with the help of trained volunteers in partnership with the University of Connecticut (UConn) Cooperative Extension 4-H Educator and local 4-H supporters.
FAIRFIELD COUNTY ~ Where Youth DREAM and ACHIEVE
Highlights of Our Past Year
Fairfield County’s one hundred (100) 4-H volunteers contributed approximately 7,200 hours to help achieve the mission of 4-H — helping youth to become competent, contributing and responsible adults.
4-H has a positive impact on the lives of young people. Some examples of what our program has accomplished include:
- increasing the skills and knowledge of over 500 youth in topics such as leadership, public speaking, animal and horse science, nutrition environmental stewardship, plant science, technology, and career exploration.
- selecting outstanding youth for the Public Speaking Honor Group.
- funding after-school activities for elementary ages youth.
- contributing more than 1,500 hours of local community service by 4-H leaders and members.
- funding partial scholarships for teens attending 4-H citizenship program in Washington D.C.
“4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.”
Types of Membership
In Fairfield County, youth meet in organized 4-H groups led by trained adults and teen leaders. Types of membership are: Club; After-School Programs; Special Interest Groups; or Independent Membership. Although we do not have a 4-H camp in our county, county 4-Hers are able to attend one of the four 4-H camps in the State.
No clubs or topics of interest in your area? Start your own club! 4-H has a project for you. Fairfield County encourages the formation of new clubs. Click here if you are Interested in Volunteering.
Current After-School Programs
- CT 4-H Mentoring Project
- Connecting Urban Youth to Nature
How is Fairfield County 4-H Organized?
Fairfield County 4-H is the youth development component of the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System. As with any other 4-H program, it is backed by the research and knowledge base of the nation’s premier land-grant universities with the support of state and federal governments.
In our county, the 4-H Educator leads and supports the work of 4-H volunteers and members. It is “volunteer run and Educator facelifted”. Teens, parents, 4-H alumni and 4-H reviews, advises and helps formulate all county 4-H policies, programs and procedures. Trained, adult-volunteer leaders are the key to the success of the 4-H program. Youth, working with volunteers, organize and plan the club level program. Adult volunteers and teens, working with the County 4-H Educator, plan and conduct the county level program.
For detailed information about county 4-H events and activities go to the Home page.
The County Teen Program
Teens are vital to the success of our program. In addition to assuming greater leadership at the club Teens level, teens are actively encouraged to participate in the county and state teen program.
This provides young people with an opportunity to enhance their life skills and workforce preparation skills The County program provides teens with opportunities to:
- have a voice and make a difference.
- work with adults in a positive way.
- teach and mentor others.
- experience leadership experiences above those available at the club level.
- being a Fair Board member
- Organizing county events and activities
- serving as mentors to less experienced 4-H teens
- providing a voice on teen issues, desires and needs in the total 4-H program
- representing 4-H at selected public events