The learning community in 4-H has at its core positive youth development, experiential learning opportunities, in partnership with caring adults, that assist young people in achieving youth development objectives. 4-H Clubs are a form of learning community.
Creating a culture of learning where youth and adults are involved in a collective effort of understanding is a foundational component of learning communities. Youth are free to participate in as many 4-H delivery modes or activities as they are able. They are required to designate a primary club (or independent membership) that they affiliate with within 4-H Online.
- Be led/advised by two or more screened and board approved adult volunteers
- Enroll at least five youth members from at least three families
- Emphasizes project exploration, leadership, and civic engagement
- Conduct a minimum of six regular educational experiences per year
- Gatherings include but are not limited to business meetings, project meetings, service-learning opportunities, and other 4-H learning activities
- Select/elect youth leaders to provide direction to the club with shared youth leadership opportunities with shared decision-making, with agreed-upon rules or bylaws
- Keep meeting, project, and financial records and submit required reports
- Follow state and local 4-H Policy
- 4-H Charter