Do You Have Healthy Blue (formally MissouriCare) or Home State Health Care Insurance?
If so, you can join one Youth Organization per year, including 4-H! Enrollment fees are covered by the Insurance Company. Health Insurance Companies (listed below) pay for membership to youth clubs such as 4-H. Call your insurance provider: Healthy Blue (formally MissouriCare): 1-833-388-1407.
- Contact Healthy Blue Customer service or log into the member portal to access the benefit if it is active for you. A $30 gift card will be sent to you to pay for the 4Honline.v2 enrollment fees.
- You can redeem some benefits through your secure account. Log in to see what you may be eligible for at: https://member.healthybluemo.com/public/login You can request other rewards by calling Member Services at 833-388-1407 (TTY 711) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.
- When you enroll online, use the gift card that they mail you as the form of payment (the cards do not work in other ways).
Home State Health: 1-855-694-4663
- Call and Request an Afterschool Program Voucher for youth programs be mailed to you for each child
- Ask for a ticket or conformation number / call verification number for the voucher order (in case it gets lost, you need this)
- Turn in the completed, signed, voucher to your club leader or to the extension office.
- When you enroll online, please choose “pay by club check.”
You can help youth pursue their passions, solve problems and tackle everyday challenges! Volunteer!
St. Louis 4-H does not want the membership dues to be the reason that a child does not join 4-H. If your family has circumstances that make paying the dues difficult, please contact the 4-H Youth Specialist Melissa Scheer at - [email protected] or your club leader about financial assistance.
4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly 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.
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.
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.