The Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4‑H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world. This mission is accomplished by using the knowledge and resources of the land-grant university system, along with the involvement of caring adults.
4‑H clubs are for all boys and girls, grades K–13 (one year out of high school), wherever they live. Youth, grades K–3, can be 4‑H Cloverbud members. Youth, grades 4–12, can be standard 4‑H club members and enroll in many different 4‑H projects. In a standard 4‑H club, members choose projects that interest them. 4‑H is a family affair that includes learning and fun.