4-H helps area youth to make the best better, and with your financial support, we can reach an even greater number of kids! Why does 4-H matter? Compared to their peers, Iowa 4-Hers have: • 80.1% increased their citizenship skills • 67.4% increased their leadership skills • 71.5% improved their leadership practices • 73.1% increased their communication skills

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Address: 1705 McPherson Ave. Suite 200 Extension 4-H Youth Building Ames, IA 50011
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
4-H provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life. Iowa 4-H builds upon a century of experience as it fosters positive youth development that is based on the needs and strengths of youth, their families, and communities.
The Iowa 4-H Program's vision and mission statements clearly view youth as partners working with caring adults, and as full participants in planning and working for individual and community change.
"4-H teaches many life skills such as leadership, responsibility, and communication. It is also a ton of fun with many great new experiences and people." Karly Smith, West Pott. 4-Her

"Throughout my 4-H years, I have learned so much. I have found my passion; the passion for what I want to do for the rest of my life - fashion, textiles and design. I have made such great friends and have had great experiences that I will cherish forever." Caye Schnackel, West Pott. 4-Her

"4-H is better than Bacon!" - 13 year old local 4-Her

I love participating in 4-H because you are constantly trying new things and meeting new people. - Isaac,12 year old 4-Her

"4-H means a lot to me. I am a 4th generation 4-H'er and I believe it has only gotten better. 4-H can morph to fit any person, weather they like cooking sewing or anything it can provide unlimited opportunities." - Lydia

"I see even more the important role that 4-H and Juntos plays for Hispanic kids. Many Hispanic kids don't have enough people talking to them about college, and we as parents didn't have the tools to help our kids. Iowa State Extension and Outreach has given us those tools and helped my family and many others prepare our children for higher learning. " Juntos participant, Juan

""4-H and the Iowa State University Extension have made a meaningful difference through many different stages of my life. During my youth, 4-H was always one of my favorite activities. It gave me opportunities to learn about raising livestock and running a small business, to gain confidence in personal communications through project interviews and public speeches, and to make friends and memories every summer at Westfair. Due to all of these valuable experiences, I chose to attend Iowa State, with the ultimate goal of an agricultural-related career in Iowa. Today, as an attorney working with farms and small businesses, I often use the Extension resources to better understand Iowa economics, government programs, and even some legal concepts.
These programs have a tradition of teaching useful skills to youth and developing active leaders in our communities. " Daniel Fisher, West Pott. 4-H Alumni

"4-H trips taught me to be more independent, how to manage money and things about science. It is very fun!" - 2015 4-H trip participant