4-H is a non-formal educational youth development program offered to youth ages 5 – 19 years based on a child’s age and grade as of January 1 of the current project year. Ohio 4-H is the state’s premier leader in developing youth to become positive productive citizens and catalysts for effective change to improve our diverse society. Membership requires enrollment in an authorized Richland County 4-H club or group under the direction of OSU Extension professional, Dr. Judy Villard Overocker, and the leadership of more than 140 approved adult 4-H volunteers (club advisors). Richland County currently has nearly 775 club members.

Through 4-H project and club work, 4-H members focus on active involvement and quality experiences that stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. Head, Heart, Hands, and Health serve as a friendly reminder of the 4-H mission to create positive environments in which diverse youth and adults can reach their fullest potential as capable, competent, caring, and contributing citizens. The 4-H club serves as the primary outlet for developing the life skills and 4-H values centered within each “H” of 4-H. Richland County currently has 39 active 4-H clubs.

Eligibility for 4-H Cloverbud participation begins when a child is enrolled in Kindergarten and is five years old. Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in the 3rd grade. Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level. A youth’s 4-H eligibility ends December 31 the year he or she turns 19. Joining Ohio 4-H is a privilege and responsibility for individuals and is subject to the Ohio 4-H Code of Conduct and applicable policies of The Ohio State University.

The 4-H emblem is a club’s seal of excellence and is a proud American mark recognized worldwide.