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4-H is a learn-by-doing, fun, educational program designed to help youth in their growth and development and to compliment experiences received at home, school and other organizations.  With the help of caring adult volunteers, 4-H clubs help young people gain the skills they need to be successful. 

There are currently approximately 50 4-H clubs in Oakland County where members work with a large variety of project areas.    A 4-H project can focus on just about any subject as long as there are interested youth and a screened volunteer willing to teach.  Some examples of current Oakland County 4-H club project focus areas include aerospace, community service, horses, science and technology and special needs programs. The Oakland County map (to the right) identifies the location of our current 4-H clubs.  This 4-H club map is interactive and searchable by location or focus area.  Please open this map with Internet Explorer. If you have problems opening you may need to update your Internet Explorer browser .

 If you have any questions about joining or starting a 4-H club, please call our office at 248-858-0889.

Following are some useful links for current 4-H members that may also be of interest for future participants.

4-H Resources, Forms & Downloads 4-H Information for Parents
4-H Upcoming Events & Workshops 4-H Photos & Videos
4-H Oakland County Connection newsletter
4-H Today national newsletter
4-H Merchandise ​ 4-H Alumni & Testimonials
Oakland County Fair Partnering with 4-H

To enroll in the Oakland County 4-H Youth Development program 4-H member forms will need to be completed. 

2014 Mark of Excellence Essay Content
The Mark of Excellence is an essay contest for 4-H members ages 11 and 12.  Participants in the contest write a 500-word essay based on the phrase "Because of 4-H I can...".  Oakland County selects up to two (2) winning essays.  Winning essays, from Michigan counties statewide, are forwarded to the State Coordinator of the contest.  These winning essays are then added to the Mark of Excellence history book at the Michigan 4-H Foundation, State 4-H office and Kettunen Center.  Authors of the winning essays receive a certificate and medal from the State 4-H office and all participants will receive recognition at the Oakland County 2014 All-Star Review this fall.

Congratulations to the 2014 Oakland County winners, Issac Layman and Rachel Sena!  Read the 2014 essays by clicking on the icons:

Although these essays scored well, they were not selected as a finalist for this year's content.  However, because the following essays were so well written, we'd like to showcase them as an example of excellence.  Thank you for your hard work!

For information about the 4-H Youth Development program in Oakland County, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County at 248-858-0889.

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