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4-H is for ALL Dutchess County Youth!

4-H Positive Youth Development


Dutchess County 4-H is a collection of programs that provide youth, ages 5-19, with the mentoring and support to grow and thrive regardless of their background, interests and abilities. 

Positive Youth Development strategies, such as engaging young people in topics that interest them, empowering them to make their own decisions, and providing challenging opportunities, result in youth who have:

Confidence, Competence, Caring, Character, and Connection

These Life and Leadership Skills are the foundation which enable 4-H youth to:

Succeed as Individuals;

Support their Families; 

Strengthen their Communities; 

and Make a Difference to our World.

4-H empowers nearly 6 million young people across the US with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Learning through 4-H is fun and effective; children learn life and technical skills through hands-on learning in topics of their choice. The Dutchess County 4-H Club Program has evolved from it's rural agricultural roots. While we are proud of our strong agricultural programs, we are excited to provide other outlets for youth to explore and grow in, such as arts, crafts and technology. Embracing differences and welcoming diversity, 4-H offers a place for all Dutchess County youth to grow and thrive.

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Green Teens

The Green Teen program empowers urban youth to be effective community change-agents by immersing them in the local food system. Learn more here...

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Youth Financial Literacy

The Financial Literacy for Youth program has been designed to provide financial literacy education to youth aged 13-18, as a means to enhance their financial well-being into adulthood.

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Historical 4-H Beef

4-H Alumni and Friends

The purpose is to bring together everyone who has an interest in seeing 4-H in Dutchess County grow and flourish. Join us!!!

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NCLI Backpacking

No Child Left Inside

Dutchess NCLI works to get youth outdoors to connect with nature while also providing important job-training and life skills. Click here for more info!

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Jane Rodd
4-H Youth Development Program Leader
(845) 677-8223 x105

Last updated February 6, 2019