What is 4-H?

Michigan 4-H Guiding Principles for Positive Youth Development
4-H Pledge

Michigan 4-H sticks to some basic guiding principles that define how it approaches its work with youth. If you want to read the full document, you can download Michigan 4-H Guiding Principles as an Adobe PDF handout. 
Here’s the quick version.
  1. Youth develop positive relationships with adults and peers.
  2. Youth are physically and emotionally safe.
  3. Youth are actively engaged in their own development.
  4. Youth are considered participants rather than recipients in the learning process.
  5. Youth develop skills that help them succeed. 
  6. Youth recognize, understand and appreciate multiculturalism.
  7. Youth grow and contribute as active citizens through service and leadership.

Joining 4-H

You can join 4-H at any time. Just find a club on the list on the back that meets your project interests and then contact the leader to see if they are accepting new members.  The leaders will step you through the 4-H enrollment process. 

Cost to join 4-H: 

$10 per member per year (up to $30 per family). Scholarships are available. Some clubs charge annual dues to support club activities and there may also be costs to participate in some activities.