4-H Afterschool Programs

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Program Description

Delaware 4-H offers afterschool programs at schools and community centers in each of Delaware’s three counties.  These programs target at-risk youth; each individual site has its own specific age ranges, target groups and/or enrollment guidelines.

What is 4-H?
4-H is for girls and boys who are 5 to 19 years old in the current calendar year. It is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, color, sex or place of residence.

Are students in 4-H Afterschool considered to be 4-H members?  Yes!  In addition to club specific projects and programs, Afterschool members are eligible to participate in all 4-H contests, (link to main projects page) events, (link to calendar) and camps (links to camps page), both at the county and state level, as well as activities associated with the Delaware State Fair.

How are 4-H Afterschool programs different from traditional 4-H clubs?  In addition to traditional 4-H club projects, Afterschool students participate in projects that they or their club leaders have developed.  Unlike traditional 4-H clubs, Afterschool programs meet daily, during which members get homework and tutoring to help them improve their academic skills, receive nutritious snacks, and have organized recreation time in a safe and fun environment.

Where are Delaware 4-H afterschool programs located?  Below is a listing of each of the sites where Delaware 4-H offers afterschool programs.  Click on the site name for details about that program.  For enrollment information or general questions, please contact the appropriate county afterschool coordinator listed above.


University of Delaware-College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Strategies for sustainability

The Delaware 4-H Foundation promotes and expands positive youth development opportunities throughout the state. We work with individuals, groups, and businesses to provide financial and in-kind support for youth programs. Our long-term relationships ensure the continued growth and success of Delaware 4-H programs.

Impact of program

If you think that 4-H is just for rural kids, you’ll be surprised to find out that you’re wrong. Delaware 4-H has something for each of the over 60,000 young people who participate in 4-H each year.

4-H is the place where learning is fun, whether it takes place in your school, at camp, in your community or at the University of Delaware. There are plenty of exciting adventures that you can have in your community, state, country and all over the world.

Evaluation tools

An exhibit is an object or display designed to help youngsters feel they are capable and have accomplished something. Ideally, exhibits motivate youngsters to learn and to have fun in a 4-H project. An exhibit is not an end in itself, nor does it measure the learning that takes place in the process. A first-place blue ribbon is only one measure of success. Self-recognition and self-satisfaction for having completed a project are also important rewards.

Key elements towards success

Why do young people like 4-H?
They have fun with friends at meetings, social activities, tours, camps, and fairs. They learn to do interesting things, such as taking care of growing things like animals and plants, redecorating their rooms, fixing their bikes, taking pictures, practicing cooking and much more. Some help others with 4-H educational programs.

Challenges to meet them

What do the H’s stand for?
Head, Heart, Hands and Health.

Its the 4-H members pledge:
My head to clearer thinking,
my heart to greater loyalty,
my hands to larger service,
my health to better living.
For my club, my community, my country, and my world.

What is the 4-H emblem?
A green four-leaf clover with a white “H” on each clover leaf. The official emblem is copyrighted and may be used only as approved by 4-H.

Length & stage of project

The first 4-H club in Delaware was organized in 1915.