About 4-H Youth Development




University of Missouri Extension's 4-H educational program

empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

As one of the nation's largest youth organizations, 4-H helps young people become competent, capable, caring and contributing members of society.

What is the 4-H Revolution of Responsibility?

The 4-H Revolution of Responsibility is a movement for positive change in every community in America. 4-H youth are a living, breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. That takes uncommon commitment.

St. Louis area programs

Missouri 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach

4-H Youth Futures prepares teens for college or post high-school studies. Missouri 4-H Youth Futures College Within Reach offers programming to inform disadvantaged high school students and their parents with information about college and how to prepare for it, and to encourage the students to explore college and post-high school opportunities.

Each July, high school juniors and seniors from across the state who have participated in the year-long mentoring program, converge on the MIZZOU campus to learn how to prepare for their next chapter in life through the program.

For more information on this program, contact: 
     St. Louis County: Amanda Meek 314-400-7386 or Terry Olishile 314-400-7292
     St. Louis City:
Gus Robinson 314-266-6510
     State level: Donna Garcia 


St. Louis County Community Clubs



  4-H Electric Dolphins  Members build, program, and compete using VEX and VEX IQ robots. The team also presents robotics workshops for community service projects.
     • The club meets every Tuesday from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm in Kirkwood.  

  Gateway 4-H  Members build and program VEX and LEGO Mindstorm robots to complete various tasks.
     • High school members, who compete in VEX Robotics Competition, meet every Tuesday from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm in Affton.
     • Younger members (grades 4-8), who can compete in FIRST LEGO League competitions and the Robot Invitational, meet every Thursday from 6:30 - 8 pm in Kirkwood.

  NXT GEN – Members build and program LEGO Mindstorm NXT robots, along with other hands-on science activities, such as building with KEVA planks.
     • The club meets the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Kirkwood.

Lucky Horseshoes – Members learn about horsemanship and other topics through unique field trip experiences.  The St. Louis County Horse Bowl team received second place in 2016 and first place in 2015 at the 4-H Junior Horse Bowl.  The team also earned first place at the 4-H Junior Hippology competition in 2016.  
     • The club meets periodically to practice for the 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology contests.

Youth Futures – Members learn life skills as they prepare for college. Missouri 4-H Youth Futures College Within Reach offers programming to inform middle school and high school students and their parents about college and how to prepare for it, and to encourage the students to explore college opportunities.  

4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)

4-H Electric DolphinsProvides leadership and support for St. Louis area programs related to the National 4-H Science emphasis. This bold national effort seeks to engage one million new young people in science by 2013 to address increased demand for science and technology professionals.

Our 4-H Robotics program can be customized for your school or after school setting. The program offers youth an opportunity to build and program the LEGO Mindstorm NXT or EV3 robots while learning communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills. 

There are also several 4-H Robotics clubs in the St. Louis area to meet the demand for STEM programming.

     Amanda Meek 314-400-7386
     Vince McKinney 314-400-7375
     Bailey Lutz 314-400-7288

The G.H.O.S.T.(Ghost, Horror or Spooky Tales) Project  

An exciting new program for Upper Middle and High School students.

Are you a master at weaving a story? Do you like to frighten people at a campfire with spooky tales? Do the ghosts in your life want their stories told? 

Then the G.H.O.S.T. (Ghost, Horror, Or Scary Tales) Project, just might be the program for you. This is a workshop and performance program where participants work with professional, award-winning storyteller Sherry Norfolk to perform their very own ghost stories at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival’s GHOST Slam in May.  

Participants will attend 3 workshops with Norfolk to learn how to research, create and tell their own ghost story, and then perform at the Festival GHOST slam. Winners of the slam will have the opportunity to perform at the National Storytelling Conference in July! 

Cost of the program is only $35 ($15 for 4-H members), and includes 3 workshops, rehearsals, a GHOST performance at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, a GHOST t-shirt, and a chance to win great prizes, including a trip to the National Storytelling Conference. Find out more information here

     Amanda Meek 314-400-7386 or Lisa Overholser 314-266-4833

Contact for the above clubs: 
Amanda Meek or 314-400-7386

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