Center for 4-H and Youth Development


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The Center for 4-H and Youth Development of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia seeks to engage youth in experimental opportunities with caring adults that allow them to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, stewards of positive change in their communities and the world.


The Center for 4-H and Youth Development of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia seeks to help young people reach their fullest potential and become communities and world leaders while following their goals to their definition of successful lives.

Core Values:

The Center for 4-H and Youth Development of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia believes that:

  • Youth development is the focus of everything we do and it is our responsibility to ensure that we prepare ourselves to give youth the most current, research base information available.
  • Youth-adult partnerships are essential to successful youth development.
  • Volunteerism is fundamental to the success of our programs and the achievements of our youth.
  • Strength attained from diversity across the entire range of 4-H experiences.
  • Youth have the power to create solutions to complex issues in their communities and the world.


  • Engage youth in experiential activities that spark interest and an eagerness to learn to apply science and technology information to new innovations that they lead and learn from.
  • Provide a variety of life skills through directed programming that helps young people develop competencies, and strengthen their abilities to make intelligent decisions, solve problems, and use their leadership skills to help others.
  • Provide youth with the tool they need to become effective communicators as they express themselves in a manner that will result in positive outcomes and learn to respect the opinions of other that may not share their same views.
  • Provide youth with a sense of belonging to an organization where they thrive educationally and find mastery in the subject areas they choose, make new friend, and develop lifelong problem solving techniques.
  • To provide high quality volunteer leaders training that prepares adults to be effective, confident and supportive leaders that inspire youth to soar past the goals they set for themselves.
  • NIFA and Student Learning Goals Matrix
  • Landgrant Program Matrix 2011 – 2015

Program Overview

4-H is a national youth program within the landgrant system across the country with its roots in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program provides youth with opportunities to work with trained adults in a variety of experiential activities that lead to the exploration of careers and mastery of topics that interest them. At the University of the District of Columbia it is a fundamental part of the Collage of Agriculture Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences.

The purpose of the 4-H program is to provide positive youth Development opportunities to meet the needs of young people; to ensure that they experience: belonging, mastery of skills, independence and generosity and gain in depth knowledge and skills.  The club membership is open to all youth ages 8-18 without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, public assistance, veteran or military status  or sexual orientation. Some states offer age appropriate programs designed especially for children in kindergarten through third grade. These programs require more adult supervision and cooperative learning than competition. 4-H clubs must include a minimum of five youth and one volunteer adult.

For more information on the Center for 4-H and Youth Development, click here.

Activities & Accomplishments

4-H 101
Created by Purdue University and Kansas State University military extension specialists, this short webinar will help you understand the basics of starting a 4-H club. It will also help you understand register and proceed through the online lessons.   Access 4-H 101 here ( 101/) and the webinar is available here (

CAUSES is committed to building strong, vibrant communities of active and engaged citizens. The Center for 4-H and Youth Development develops innovative programs that emphasize experiential learning opportunities for young people and their families. Through “hands-on” interactive programming, participants develop life skills, leadership abilities, and an ethic of civic stewardship. The center offers the following programming to support and engage District youth.

4-H Clubs

4-H Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE)

Common Measures

4-H International Network


4-H Summer Camp


LifeSmarts Consumer Education for Teenagers

4-H Military Partnerships

Health Rocks Program


DC Students Win Big at 2014 National EnvironMentors Fair

National 4-H CEO Appears on CAUSES TV

4-H Science Summit

Important Forms

Volunteer Leaders Training
The 4-H Volunteer Leaders Training prepares adults to assist youth in managing 4-H clubs and activities. Learn how to support our youth in learning about leadership and opportunities that help them to meet their full potential. Volunteers have been an integral part of the success of 4-H since the 1920s, serving as club and project leaders, camp counselors, and even as trainers and mentors. 4-H adult volunteers have the unique opportunity to make a significant and positive contribution to youth development by sharing learned skills, making a difference in their lives and leaving a legacy. Download and email the completed application to Rebecca Bankhead.

4-H Registration Form (pdf)

4-H Clubs  young people, ages five through nineteen, in developing knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, responsible, productive citizens, and contributing members of society. The 4-H program educates youth in arts and sciences, health and fitness, science, technology, environmental science, math, sewing and fashion design, cooking and healthy eating and a host of other subject areas while encouraging fellowship and service opportunities. 4-H continues to develop new projects for its members to study beyond agriculture and animal husbandry, including photography, conservation, cooking, public speaking, various sports, history, art, and other pursuits.

4-H Living Interactive Family Education (4-H LIFE)  is a youth development program that addresses the needs of children with incarcerated parents. The goal of the 4-H LIFE program is to provide a strong, healthy, and nurturing family environment while helping the incarcerated parents become positive role models. The program consists of three components, including parenting skills classes, monthly planning meetings, and family club meetings.

Common Measures: 4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council led a process to develop a 4-H logic model as well as common outcomes and measures for 4-H programming. Two meetings and pilot-testing led to a finalized a version of the national 4-H logic model and a set of common outcomes and indicators for science, healthy living, citizenship, and overarching youth development work. Click here for more information.

4-H International Network  was launched to connect 4-Hers from around the world. Youth from US meet with 4-H Club members from other countries via Skype to compare environmental challenges in their communities and share potential solutions.

Liberia | Argentina | USA

 4-H STEM  consists of specialized programs designed to introduce and encourage participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines among youth in the District of Columbia. The program is supported by the Alteria Foundation through the National 4-H Council and works collaboratively with UDC’s STEM Center.

4-H Summer Camp  consists of hands-on learning projects designed for enrichment during the summer months. Located on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia, the camp includes opportunities for youth to explore new learning projects, develop new friendships, practice healthy eating and exercise, and have plenty of fun

LifeSmarts Consumer Education for Teenagers  creates savvy consumers and develops marketplace skills among teens in a fun and engaging format.  Complementing high school curricula, Lifesmarts is run as a game-show style competition for 9th through 12th grade students.

Operation Military Kids  serves children of deployed parents by hosting special events and training sessions to mobilize a support network consisting of youth, parents, and educators. “Ready, Set, Go” training is offered to educate communities about the needs of military families in the deployment cycle. The program also distributes “Hero Packs,” Operation Military Kids-branded backpacks filled with a variety of items from partner agencies and local businesses, provided to military youth as a way of communicating thanks for the sacrifices that they make while their parents are deployed. Click here for more information.

 The Health Rocks Program is a healthy living program that strives to reduce tobacco, alcohol and drug use among youth in the District of Columbia and to develop life skills that lead to healthy lifestyle choices. It is our goal to engage youth and adults in a partnership to develop and implement community strategies that help youth understand influences and heath consequences of tobacco, alcohol and drug use. It is an interactive program that is adaptable to multiple teaching situations, uses interactive hands on learning and meets National Health Education Standards.









Washington,DC from 4-H International TV Club on Vimeo.

Important Forms

5 Steps to Start a Club
Basics (Teaching and Training) for New Leaders
4-H Factsheet – Bullying is a Big Deal
4-H Factsheet – I still Need Time for Me (Parent Resource)
4-H Factsheet – Involving Parents in 4-H
4-H Factsheet – Parental Involvement in School
4-H Factsheet – School Stress
4-H Factsheet Value of Clubs
4-H Factshhet – Turn Off the TV
4-H Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success – Skills to pay the Bills
Naming Your 4-H Club

CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Nancy Chapman, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development & Resilience – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Center for Architectural Innovation and Building Science (CAIBS) - Clarence Pearson, Director

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