4-H Youth Development


What is 4-h 

4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experience alongside their peers and caring adults. 4-H began over 100 years ago and has grown into the largest youth development program in the nation. 4-H delivers research-based programming around positive youth development. 4-H is delivered through America's 109 land-grant universities.  In Indiana, 4-H can be found in all 92 counties as delivered through Purdue Extension.                                                                     

4-H Mission: The Indiana 4-H Youth Development mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who positively impact their community and world.

4-H Vision: Indiana 4-H Youth Development strives to be the premier, community-based program empowering young people to reach their full potential.

4-H Motto:                                                          4-H Pledge: 

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4-H Educator
Kelsey Guadarrama


Kelly Wozniak
4-H Administrative Assistant


Purdue Extension - LaPorte County
2857 W. State Road 2
Suite A
LaPorte, IN 46350



4-H Information

4-H Project List

2022 - 2023 4-H Program Information & Exhibit Guidelines 

Any changes made to the Guideline book after 1/1/2023 are indicated in red.

Mini 4-H Handbook

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Bugs
  • Collections
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Dinosaurs
  • Farm Animals
  • Foods
  • Gardening
  • Models
  • Nature, Plants & Trees
  • Pets
  • Recycle
  • Sewing
  • Sun, Stars & Space
  • Wearable Art

In LaPorte County, the 4-H Council consists of twenty-three (23) approved 4-H adult volunteers and/or 4-H Youth members.  The Council holds a meeting every month with the exception of July & December. All meetings are held at the Purdue Extension office on the 2nd Thursday and are open to the public to attend.  January & February meetings are at 6:00 pm, all other months are at 6:30 pm. The purpose of the 4-H Council is to: 

  • To facilitate 4-H Youth Development Program planning for LaPorte County, including needs assessment, program implementation, risk management, recognition, and evaluation.
  • To assist with audience development, including member recruitment and recognition.
  • To support volunteer staff development, including identification of available roles, recommendations for recruitment, orientation, and recognition.
  • To provide continuing financial support.
  • To ensure accountability of funds as 4-H property intended for the benefit of all 4-H participants.
  • To promote the 4-H program and opportunities available.
  • To assure that the 4-H Youth Development Program is operating cooperatively with other youth-serving educational programs.

Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2022

October 13, 2022

September 8, 2022

August 11, 2022 - Canceled

June 9, 2022

May 12, 2022 - Canceled

April 21, 2022

March 10, 2022 - Canceled

February 10, 2022

January 13, 2022


Local LaPorte County Scholarship & Deadlines

LaPorte County 4-H offers numerous scholarships on a local level.  Please see individual form for more information and deadlines as they all have different requirements and due dates.

Beef Scholarship - June 15th

Booster & Alumni Scholarship - May 2nd

Dog Club Scholarship - May 1st

LaPorte County Agricultural Association Vocational Scholarship - May 1st

Morse Daube Scholarship - May 1st

Poultry Scholarship - May 1st

Rabbit Scholarship - July 7th

Weinkauff Scholarship - June 30th

Indiana 4-H Scholarships

  • Youth In Action
    • Apply here ---> bit.ly/3bNPJ62
    • Deadline March 29
    • For more info ---> bit.ly/YouthInAction2021
  • YES Community Development Grant
    • Apply here ---> in4h.org/grants
    • Deadline May 15

LaPorte County Scholarships

  • Unity Foundation Scholarship
    • uflc.net
    • Deadline April 2
  • Partner's for Clean Air Scholarship
    • Apply here --->www.in.gov/idem/partnerships/2520.htm
    • Deadline March 31

Other Scholarships

  • Invisalign Scholarship for Community Development
    • bit.ly/4H5K2021
    • $5,000
    • Deadline March 31st



The 2023 LaPorte County Fair is being held July 8th - 15th.  


4-H Exhibition Calendar

Pen Reservations

News from the LaPorte County Agricultural Association

Here are some highlights that are new for the 2023 LaPorte County Fair:

  • Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. Sunday through Saturday.  Passes will be required after 10 a.m. each day. Season passes are available.
  • There is now a "4-H Parking Pass" that will get a vehicle into any of the three gates each day.  All 4-H families will receive one free 4-H parking pass per year.  Any additional can be purchased for $15.00 in the fair office.
  • Campground Parking passes will be sold

Please click the links below for addtional information.

Camping Information

Fair Passes