The Colorado 4-H Foundation was established in 1952 and is a 501c3, nonprofit organization with a mission to solicit and disburse financial resources for the 4-H Youth Development Program of Colorado State University Extension. Colorado 4-H Youth Development is a diverse program aimed at meeting the needs of young people through hands-on learning. Through a wide variety of programs guided by adult volunteers, Colorado Youth can stimulate their creativity, build self-confidence and learn life and decision-making skills.
Currently, more than 113,000 youth through-out Colorado are enrolled in 4-H Youth Development programs annually. Youth participate in organized 4-H clubs, special interest short term program, school enrichment programs, and individuals studies. The Colorado 4-H Youth Development program offers learn-by-doing activities in projects such as rocketry, photography, child development, electronic, international exchanges, raising livestock and training dogs, just to name a few. The 4-H program educational focus is on healthy lifestyles, citizenship (youth in governance, community service and leadership) and also on Science, Engineering and Technology. 4-H ranges from natural resources and environmental stewardship to food science and nutrition – all using research-based knowledge from the land-grant university system. Because of the variety of programs, Colorado 4-H Youth Development reaches a diverse population of Colorado’s youth.