Rhode Island 4-H

Cooperative Extension, College of the Environment and Life Sciences


Rhode Island 4-H is for you!!  We have many programs, projects and opportunities for youth age 5-18 and great opportunities for volunteerism for adults.  Please explore our programs, projects and we hope you decide to join and start your 4-H experience!  Check out this Promotional video made by our own RI, Wings and Things 4-H Club.

The URI 4-H Program is an educational program that combines hands on education and life skills. Youth can join community clubs, do 4-H in after-school settings and join as individual members.  Adult volunteers are needed to mentor youth and help them learn and grow!  4-H is a leader in youth development, which began on the local level in response to evolving needs for new kinds of educational experiences for youth. From the beginning, this youth-serving organization offered “hands-on” learning activities for young people so they might become productive citizens. Youth participating in 4-H activities have opportunities to offer positive contributions to our diverse and changing society. 4-H uses the far-reaching Cooperative Extension System network to offer youth programs and activities to diverse groups of young people in all 3,150 counties across out nation

Motto: To Make the Best Better

How Does It Work In Rhode Island

We have 2 main delivery modes for 4-H: Community Clubs & Project Clubs .

  • Community Clubs-
    • Community Clubs are run by at least 2 unrelated, trained volunteers (mostly parents) in the communities they live in.    These clubs run year long, usually meeting once a month for 1-2 hours.
      • Advantages:
        • The kids form lasting long term bonds with their peers.
        • The kids vote on what projects they do, giving them more control.
        • The kids have more time to learn and produce bigger projects/results.
        • The kids are notified of and  can participate in 4-H events all year.
      • Disadvantages
        • The clubs meet all year, so it is a longer commitment, but it is usually only once a month.
  • Project Clubs-
    • Project Clubs are short term designed around a specific subject matter and average 6-10 hours of total meeting time.  This can be split up in multiple combinations like: 6-1 hour meetings, or 4- 2 hour meetings.  These are sometimes held in partnership with other agencies, schools, libraries or community groups.  Example: The Warwick Children’s Librarian and a volunteer teach “starting a raised bed garden”, for 1 hour for 6 weeks.   Click HERE to learn all about short-term, agency based, special interest 4-H clubs.
      • Advantages
        • It is a very short term commitment
        • Small groups that are very focused on 1 project goal.
      • Disadvantages
        • It is harder for youth to form bonds this quickly.
        • The subject matter is already chosen.
        • The youth do not participate in the additional 4-H opportunities and events
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