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Mini 4-H Program

August 17, 2016

Mini 4-H Program


To join Mini 4-H, enroll online at or visit our office to fill out a paper form. Don't forget to choose projects and sign the bottom of the form before returning it to the Extension Office. If you would like more information about Mini 4-H, contact Taylor VanMeter, Extension Youth Assistant, at 812-435-5287 or


Mini 4-H is fun! Monthly meetings are held at the Vanderburgh 4-H Center where children are encouraged to experience the joy of learning by participating in games, songs, and hands-on, minds-on activities. Meetings are not required for participation,

Mini 4-H offers something for every child! The Mini 4-H project activities are hands-on learning opportunities designed to provide a meaningful educational experience for youth. Members may choose from several projects. The activities in each project manual are to be completed under an adult's guidance.

Mini 4-H is exciting! The Mini 4-H program is set up to allow children to display up to three completed project activities at the Vanderburgh County Fair in July. The Fair is an exhilarating week that allows community youth to showcase their enthusiasm for learning. Project exhibition is not required for participation.

4-H is designed to involve the whole family in the 4-H experience! As a Mini 4-H adult helper, your job will be to guide and encourage each child through the activities. A wide range of activities is provided to allow you to choose the ones most appropriate for the children you are working with. It is strongly suggested that you do not complete the activities for them. Encourage and praise the children as they have fun learning and sharing with you! Help them, guide them, work with them, and let them do all that they possibly can. The 4-H program believes in allowing children to learn by doing.

Philosophical Base and Structure: The purpose of the 4-H program is to help young people develop their potential. This non-formal experiential educational program encourages the development of feelings of self-worth and specific life skills through positive relationships between adults and youth. 4-H learning relies on a 'learning and doing' process for teaching. Participants gain skills and participate in activities that are relevant and appropriate for their age. The goal of all 4-H programs, including Mini 4-H, to provide children with opportunities to gain useful skills and information, socially acceptable methods to deal with personal challenges and meaningful techniques to contribute to their community. Positive learning experiences are the primary reason for involvement in the program.

Projects offered in Mini 4-H:


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