The purpose of a 4-H club is to provide positive youth development opportunities to meet the needs of young people to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity–the Essential Elements–and to foster educational opportunities tied to the Land Grant University knowledge base.
4-H Club membership is open to all youth beginning at age 8 (as of January 1) and open to all young people but not to exceed beyond the age of 19 (as of January 1). 4-H Club membership is open to all youth without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender identity, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, religion, political affiliation or socioeconomic backgrounds. All 4-H club members must be enrolled in a 4-H club each year.
Youth ages 5 to 7 are eligible as Clover Kids. Clover Kids may participate in regular 4-H Clubs or special 4-H Clover Kid Clubs.
There are four types of recognized 4-H clubs in Nebraska.
Typically meet in the evenings or on weekends and offer self-chosen multiple learning experiences and activities. Example: Traditional 4-H Club.
Meet during school hours, but have officers and planned activities beyond school enrichment. Example: 4-H clubs established in the club period available in some schools.
Are hosted in afterschool settings designated by a formal afterschool program. They have officers and planned activities. Example: Groups with officers at Community Learning Centers
Are organized by the Armed Forces, often on military installations, and principally for military dependents.
All clubs meet at least 6 times per year either virtually or face-to-face in any location including community centers, military installations, libraries, public housing sites, schools, afterschool programs, etc. Many clubs meet 9-12 times a year holding meetings throughout most or all of the year and often supplemented by project meetings, camps, fairs, and other 4-H learning experiences.
Clubs must have a minimum of 5 youth members from at least 3 different families.
Members plan meetings and elect club officers to lead meetings. All members must present an in-club demonstration or presentation each year. Additionally, 75% of a club's members must complete a 4-H project each year. As a club, members must complete yearly service learning or community service projects.
All clubs must be advised by an adult club leader. Leaders may be 4-H staff or volunteers who have been screened and trained in accordance with the Nebraska 4-H Policy and Procedures Handbook.
Leaders or youth must complete and submit the club's financial audits to the local Extension office at the end of each year.