Preparing Youth for Success

In Ohio 4-H, we empower youth with the skills they need to lead for a lifetime! 4-H inspires curiosity, builds lifelong skills, fuels adventure, and grows leaders through fun, hands-on activities, that include clubs, projects, service, and camps. Kids can be a 4-H project member when they are 8 and in the third grade, and they can participate in competitive events like projects and judging at county fairs. 4-H project members select from 200+ projects based on their interest—what we call sparks in 4-H. 

Younger children age 5 and in kindergarten are Cloverbuds who enjoy group-centered, non-competitive activities until they are eligible to be a project member. All 4-H members engage in hands-on learning in clubs, camps, and other settings with approved adult volunteers. 4-H volunteers are critical to the success of the 4-H program and undergo a thorough selection process. 

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the 4-H program and/or would like to talk more about becoming a 4-H volunteer, contact us today! 

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

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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Visit SHOP 4-H

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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