Preparing Youth for Success

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects - anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

Interested in learning more or joining 4-H?

1.  Contact the County Extension Office to get a new member packet.  Call 440.576.9008 or email Jenna Hoyt at for more information.
This packet will include a list of clubs and contact information, a Family Guide, County Information, upcoming event fliers and much more!! 
For privacy reasons, a list of advisors and their contact information in not posted online. 

2.  Think about what project area the youth is interested in participating in (example: rabbit, sewing, or horses). Review the Family Guide for a listing of projects.

3.  Once you have received your informational packet, contact a club from our club directory that fits the youth's project needs.  Please make sure to also check out the Ashtabula County 4-H Program Guide.

4. Your Club Advisor will guide you through the enrollment process. All enrollment forms must be turned in to the Extension Office by MARCH 15th. Anyone wishing to join after MARCH 15th may take a project but will not be allowed to compete in county or state shows, contests, or events or participate in Junior Fair. Members may participate in club meetings and activities, community service events, and county clinics. Projects may not be changed or added after April 1st. The current County 4-H Activity fee is $25 per member ($50 maximum per family, 1st-year members and Cloverbuds free) to enroll in Ashtabula County 4-H. Members may only enroll in dual clubs when taking different projects in both clubs. 4-H enrollment fees are only paid once in the primary club.

5. Attend the meetings of the club, complete your project and enjoy the 4-H experience!


Ohio 4-H Grows Here!

True leaders aren’t born. They’re grown. Ohio 4-H nurtures leadership, citizenship and life skills in clubs, camps, and at in-school, after-school and community activities. It’s where young people can explore their interests, hone their talents and excel to their highest potential. Celebrate Ohio 4-H Week. Learn how to join. #4HGrowsHere


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You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at


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Planning to make a purchase at the National 4-H Council Shop? Follow this link and 5% of what you spend will return to Ohio and help us make the best, better!


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Special Needs Accommodations

Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan. Visit for more information and to download the request form.


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