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Advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by
creating opportunities for youth. We seek to promote positive youth development, facilitate learning, and engage youth in the work of the Land-Grant Universities and USDA to enhance their quality of life.
The educational foundation for our programs lies in:
* Science, Engineering and Technology tied to agricultural and environmental issues
* Healthy Lifestyles tied to human health and well-being
* Citizenship tied to the activities of people with institutions and government for the common good.
Our youth are expected to:
* participate in learning communities
* determine goals for their own hands-on learning
* engage in significant leadership
* perform community service
Life skills are emphasized within the context of meaningful hands-on experiences which require some form of exhibition at their completion. Older youth members are expected to serve in leadership roles shaping the program for younger members.
4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. Extension's mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family. Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives.
Through a partnership among the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, county and state governments and USDA, an Extension office is located in every county.
In addition to 4-H, Extension provides educational programs in agriculture, natural resources, family & consumer sciences and community & economic development. Extension serves all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. Be sure to visit www.ca.uky.edu/ces.
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