Section 5: 4-H Eligibility

5.1 Age Requirements:  Policy

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture. The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.

4-H is open to all youth between the ages 5 and 18 (4-H Age), regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, immigration status and marital or family status as determined by the following age criteria:

  • 4-H: The age of the youth before January 1 of the current year.
  • If your birthday is on January 1, your 4-H age is the age you were on December 31st.
    • If you turn eight (8) on January 1, your 4-H age is seven (7).
    • If you turn nine (9) on January 1, your 4-H age is eight (8).
  • 4-H eligibility is determined based on the 4-H age. (The age of the member on December 31st of the previous year)
  • The first year of eligibility for participation in the 4-H Clover Kids program is the 4-H age of five (5).
  • The last year of eligibility for participation in the 4-H Clover Kids program is the 4-H age of seven (7).
  • The first year of eligibility for the regular 4-H program is the 4-H age of eight (8).
  • The last year of eligibility is 4-H age of eighteen (18).
  • Certain programs designed for children with special needs/disabilities may establish age limits outside of those stated above. This decision will be determined locally.

5.2 Youth with Special Needs/Disabilities:  Policy

4-H programs should be designed to consider the needs of participants with special needs/disabilities. All applications to any program should contain the following question:

Do you request any accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this program? If so, please explain.

Should you encounter a participant, either adult or child, in need of or requesting accommodation for disability, contact the University of Nebraska–Lincoln ADA/504 Compliance Office, (402) 472-8404, for assistance in evaluating what actions might be necessary or appropriate.

5.3 Married Youth:  Policy

Married individuals who meet age requirements are eligible to fully participate in the 4-H program and are eligible for all benefits therein.


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Policy  Policy: not negotiable    Guidelines  Guidelines: strongly recommended    Procedure  Procedure: recommended implementation steps