4-H Clubs in Bernalillo County
There are approximately 15-20 clubs in our county each year, totaling approximately 480 traditional 4-H members. 4-H clubs vary in level of participation and project interests or focuses. Many are general 4-H clubs, which means the club and members participate in a variety of projects and activities. Other clubs are more focused on projects such as livestock, rodeo, or horse.
Whether you live in the heart of urban Albuquerque, the suburban Northeast Heights, or the rural Valley or rural East Mountains, a 4-H club offers something for everyone. It is a long-term, informal education experience that enables youth to gain critical knowledge and leadership skills -- all while having a lot of fun! By joining 4-H, you will join other families just like you. Together, you will share in teaching your kids practical skills like pet care, growing food, photography or robotics -- and important values like leadership and responsibility.
Our staff is dedicated to providing opportunities for your child to develop leadership and management skills, positive self-esteem, effective communication skills, a solid sense of personal responsibility and the ability to make sound decisions. The life skills learned in a 4-H club will enable your child to become a productive, well-informed, self-reliant responsible adult.
A 4-H club is a group of at least five youth, led by their parents or other adult, who typically meet monthly. These meeting give youth opportunities to share their project work, plan community service activities, and practice running meetings. They may have many "county wide meetings" for individual projects, led by adults or teens within the club.
A full 4-H member is age 8 and in 3rd grade -- OR -- age 9-19 years of age. A Cloverbud is age 5 and in Kindergarten -- OR -- 6-9 years of age.
Enrollment is required for youth and their adult leaders, and must be done online by each parent using 4H Online. After information is completed for each youth and for each adult leader, a combined liability release form needs to be submitted. This form must be signed where indicated. The club is to submit a signed hard copy of this form for each member/leader to our office.
If desired, the Youth & Adult Leader Enrollment Packet (below) may be completed by each club member/leader; however, this information still must be entered online by parents. All forms must be submitted by the below deadlines.
4-H Online is a fully integrated management system that brings together all levels of the 4-H experience. Whether it's a member logging in to manage her record, a club leader printing mailing labels, or a county agent approving a member's enrollment, 4HOnline brings the 4-H community together and keeps everyone involved.
To participate in the current 4-H program year youth must be enrolled by January 15 if you are a returning member. New members are eligible to enroll through May 1.
Registration for next year's program will begin on October 1.
Members choose one or more projects based on their interests and the availability of a knowledgeable adult in the community to serve as a mentor/leader.
Through these projects, members set goals, learn the skills needed to achieve goals, and exhibit/demonstrate their skills at events like county fairs, speaking contests and other competitions.