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4-H Enrollment

What is 4-H? 4-H is a fun, learn-by-doing educational program for young people. Its mission is to help youth become self-directed, contributing members of their communities. 4-H is open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

How old do you have to be to join 4-H? The St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Program is open to all youth 8 - 19 years of age by January 1 of the year they will exhibit their completed projects at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. St. Joseph County offers a Cloverbud  program for youth 5 - 7 years of age by January 1.

Enrollment Procedure: Young people interested in enrolling in 4-H may do so by contacting the organizational leader of the 4-H clubs they are interested in joining and filling out the appropriate enrollment form for that club. 

Open Enrollment Deadline (for 2023-24 4-H Project Year): The target date for re-enrollment of returning 4-H members is December 1. Enrollment of youth new to 4-H will be accepted through May 1 (unless the 4-H project animal registration deadline has passed for a given animal project). Enrollment can be completed in 4-H Online at

Contact St. Joseph County for more information about required forms and due dates.


St. Joseph County 4-H Councils and Associations

4-H Youth Council

St. Joseph County 4-H Livestock Association

4-H Horse Council


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