The purpose of 4-H is to foster skill development in young people. Youth are given opportunities to select from a variety of programs and projects. Individuality is valued and each person is encouraged to discover his or her own skills, talents, and interests. 4-H helps young people learn to make decisions, think critically, build relationships, practice leadership, and develop a concern for their community and their world.
Medina County reaches out to over 1,000 youth and adult volunteers annually through our 4-H program.
To find a 4-H club in your area please contact the Medina County Extension Office at 330-725-4911.
What 4-H Project is right for you?
4-H Membership in Clubs
Cloverbuds - The child must be 5 years old and enrolled in Kindergarten as of January 1 of the current year.
Members - Child must be at least 8 years old and enrolled in 3rd grade as of January 1 of the current year. Ohio 4-H membership ends December 31st of the year in which a youth attains the age of 19.
4-H Adult Volunteer Information and Application
4-H Adult Volunteer Application (Complete steps 1-4).
1. Complete a New Volunteer Application
2. Interview with a Medina County Extension 4-H professional
4. Submit a Background Check Reimbursement Request
How to start a 4-H Club
If you are interested in starting your own 4-H club the first step is to become an approved 4-H volunteer. Next, identify at least 5 youth from 3 different families that would like to enroll in your club. Then, select a club name. Once you have these three steps covered you're ready to begin the official process of starting your club! Call the Medina County Extension Office and ask to speak to a 4-H professional 330-725-4911. Extension staff will walk you through the registration process. We will schedule an in-person meeting with you to review and submit the necessary financial forms.
Community Club Requirements:
- At least 2 approved adult volunteers
- At least 5 youth from 3 different families
- Meet at least 6 times for a minimum of 6 hours over the course of the year (including external learning opportunities)
- Fill out club Charter, by-laws, and receive an EIN
- Complete all steps of the Club Charter Checklist by the end of your first year
- Members must enroll in at least one project per year
Who can start a 4-H club?
Anyone who is an approved 4-H volunteer can start a community club. To find out how to become an approved 4-H volunteer, click here.
Click here to see a complete list of club requirements
Are there alternatives to Community Clubs? YES! Click here to learn how to start a SPIN club in Medina County!
"To Make The Best Better"
"Learn By Doing"
I 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.
I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.
I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.
I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to become kind, sympathetic, and true.
I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, useful, and skillful.
I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease and to work efficiently.
I believe in my country, my state and my community and in my responsibility for their development.
In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.