As America’s largest youth development organization, 4-H offers youth, families, and adult volunteers of all ages many ways to engage, grow and serve through clubs, camps, contests, conferences, special interest groups, in-school and after school programs, and more! It’s about young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be future leaders. Jackson County 4-H has a diverse community of youth building life skills, contributing to their community and becoming college and career ready.
4-H Community Clubs offer long-term educational experiences in which members learn life skills such as decision making, public speaking and working with others. Members learn by doing under the guidance of adult volunteers, who teach projects ranging from computers science and arts to animal science and healthy living. Clubs also involve youth in community service, camping, and educational trips.
4-H Youth Futures Clubs promotes college as an obtainable goal for high school-age youths who are not typically encouraged to attend college such as “first in family” and racial/ethnic minority students. The program is a collaborative effort of state, regional, and county Extension faculty and staff from the state’s 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities.
4-H In-School and Afterschool Clubs provide extraordinary learning opportunities to school-age youth in urban, suburban and rural communities. 4-H In-School & Afterschool is designed to combine the resources of 4-H and the University of Missouri Extension System with schools and community-based organizations that provide after-school programs that address community needs.
Jackson County 4-H clubs
4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet throughout the year for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.
With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers—geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.
Jackson County Community 4-H Clubs
LOCATION & MEETING TIME
1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm
Countywide Shooting Sports*
2nd Tuesday of every other month 7:00pm
Healthy Living Teen Teachers*
Foods, Gardening, Physical Activity
KC Teen Preneurs
Kansas City (Southwest KC)
Entrepreneurship and Horse
Osage Oaks Equestrian Club*
Kansas City (Brookside)
2nd Sunday of the month 3:00pm
2nd Tuesday of the month 4:30pm
2nd Monday of the month 6:30pm
*Projects clubs – Youth can participate in project clubs in addition to a community club.
In School and After-School 4-H Clubs
4-H Youth Futures
College preparedness, career readiness
Green Acres Urban Farm and Research Project
East High School
Agriculture, Aquaponics, and Food Production
Nowlin 4-H Club: Soccer for Success
Nowlin Middle School
Guadalupe Center In-School Garden Club
Bingham 4-H Shadow Keepers Afterschool FLL Robotics
Bingham Middle School
Nowlin Middle School 4-H: Beastie Bots Afterschool FLL Robotics
Nowlin Middle School
Pioneer Ridge 4-H Club: Soccer for Success
Pioneer Ridge Middle School
Pioneer Ridge 4-H: The Ridge Afterschool FLL Robotics
Pioneer Ridge Middle School
Spring Branch 4-H: Metal Mustache Afterschool FLL Robotics
Spring Branch Elementary School
Clover Kids clubs
Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.
How to join
Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.
Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
Contact Jackson County Extension Office
Be a 4-H volunteer
Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.
Subscribe to the Jackson County 4-H Monday Message
Sign up to receive the Jackson County 4-H Monday Message. The newsletter will be sent the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month and will include Jackson County 4-H opportunities, news and events.