4-H Youth & Development

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Our 4-H program provides a creative a supportive environment in which culturally diverse youth and adults can reach their full potential. Our local county program works to develop life skills to help young people become self-directed, productive citizens. We also work to empower adult volunteers who multiply the efforts of our local County Extension staff.

McKinley County Cooperative Extension Service will take part in leadership conferences and workshops in which adults learn self-esteem and coping skills, leadership skills for working with Cloverbuds and 4-H and other youth groups (including how to teach crafts, how to give guidance in creative arts and life coping skills, etc.) . McKinley County CES also works directly with Cloverbud and other 4-H programs, by giving workshops on preparation in the various category subjects for entry into the numerous fairs in the Four Corners area. Special Interest workshops are given in the Zuni Pueblo School District and the Gallup-McKinley School District.

How to Join 4-H

The 4-H enrollment period begins October 1st of each year for youth ages 9-19. Children 5-8 years of age are encouraged to enroll in a special introductory program called Cloverbuds.

The following are the specific age requirements per group:

CLOVERBUD: Ages 5 to 8 years old.

NOVICE: Ages 9 to 11 or age 8 and in the 3rd grade prior to January 1 of the current 4-H year.

JUNIOR: Ages 12 to 13. A 4-H member must have passed his/her 12th birthday or be 11 years old and in the 6th grade but not have passed his/her 14th birthday prior to January 1 of the current 4-H program year.

SENIOR: Ages 14 to 19. A 4-H member must have passed his/her 14th birthday or be 13 years old and in the 8th grade but not have passed his/her 19th birthday prior to January 1 of the current 4-H program year.

The enrollment deadline for McKinley County is May 1st.

For McKinley County residents, call the County Extension Office at 505-863-3432 for more information.

For more information on how to enroll see our 4-H Enrollment page .