Welcome to El Paso County 4-H!
Why Should I Enroll My Family in 4-H?
4-H is the youth development program of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Service that focuses on the needs, concerns & interests of youth. Its aim is to help youth gain a positive self-concept, increase positive rational social behavior, increase knowledge and problem-solving capabilities through planned individual pr0jects, meetings, group activities and participation in different events. Members develop new skills, learn cooperation, develop leadership abilities, improve their citizenship and best of all have fun.
What are the different ways to Participate in 4-H?
Youth can participate in 4-H programs via 4-H clubs, short term project groups, and other 4-H activities.
- 4-H Clubs are organized groups that meet at regularly scheduled time and place with volunteer leaders and elected youth officers. Clubs usually meet once a month, although some meet more frequently. Several types of clubs can be organized: community clubs, project clubs which are organized around a common interest of the youth, and a school club which is organized in a public or private school.
- Short-Term Groups work on a specific project which are usually completed in 6 or more meetings. Two major types of short terms groups are school curriculum enrichment projects and special interest projects.
Here is a guide to the enrollment process:
Enroll in 4-H! Follow these steps:
-Enroll in 4-H Connect.
-Make sure you are subscribed to our broadcast emails on your 4-H Connect account (this can be found under -Member Settings.) Ensure you leave the box UN-checked!
-Like us on Facebook!
Attend your club meetings and enjoy your time in 4-H!
Review 4-H Guidelines and our handbook.
4-H members and their families must abide by these guidelines across all levels – Club, County, District, State, and National. Additionally, our handbook is our most valuable resource for our 4-H families! Please take a moment to look it over as it answers our most frequently asked questions and concerns!
Here are a few resources to further explain the enrollment process:
All students participating in El Paso County 4-H Programs must abide by the following Code of Conduct:
As a 4-H Participant/Parent/Guardian I will:
- Treat all people and property with respect, courtesy, consideration and compassion. Avoid and prevent put-downs, insults, name calling, swearing and other language or non-verbal conduct likely to offend, hurt, or set a bad example.
- Keep informed about 4-H program policies and projects and read materials pertaining to the county 4-H program.
- Teach and model kindness and compassion for others. Recognize that all people have skills and talents which can be used to help others and improve the community. Teach and foster teamwork and discourage selfishness.
- Practice fair-mindedness by being open to ideas, suggestions and opens of others. I will make all reasonable efforts to assure equal access to participation for all youth and adults regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin or disability. Decisions will be made fairly and treat all individuals and families with impartiality.
- Obey laws and rules as an obligation of being a good citizen. I accept responsibility for the proper treatment and care for other youth and adults, the program facilities and/or equipment.
- Demonstrate the responsible treatment of animals and stewardship of the environment.
- Not use alcohol or illegal substances (or be under the influence) while working with or participating in any part of the 4-H Program.
- Provide a safe environment for all parties involved in 4-H. I will protect those involved from sexual
- harassment, physical force, verbal or mental abuse, neglect, or other harmful behaviors.
“To Make the Best Better”
“I pledge: My Head to clearer thinking, My Heart to greater loyalty, My Hands to larger service, and My Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.