Evidence of Impacts & Benefits of 4-HThe South Carolina 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth
development component of Clemson University Cooperative Extension
Service. In each South Carolina county, through the local Clemson
Extension office, 4-H offers informal, educational programs to youth,
ages 5-19, on an age-appropriate basis.
Because 4-H offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of South
Carolina's diverse population, there is something for everyone in 4-H.
The primary focus of 4-H is positive youth development, which is
accomplished through a variety of delivery modes using hands-on,
experiential learning programs.
4-H is unique in that it is an educational program for youth based on
research provided through the land grant university system. Using this
grassroots approach, programs are designed based on the needs of local
youth using subject matter knowledge gathered globally. 4-H faculty and
staff in South Carolina have access to knowledge through research at
Clemson as well as universities throughout the nation, ensuring
programs that are contemporary and relevant to today's youth.
One key component of the 4-H program is its volunteer base; adult and
teen volunteers are responsible for teaching, mentoring and guiding
youth involved in the program. Another key element involves community
partnerships, which provide an avenue to collaboratively design and
conduct effective local programs with other community organizations and
4-H is available to all youth at limited or no cost. This is due to the
funding partnership between federal, state and local governments which
make possible the Cooperative Extension System of which the 4-H program
is a part. Grants and private donor support generated nationally and
locally also help to fund program efforts.