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2018 Mississippi 4-H Youth Development Status Repor 

Geographic Location

  • ​63% live in towns under 10,000 and rural
  • 24% live in towns and cities of 10,000 to 50,000
  • 6% live on farms
  • 7% live in suburbs of 50,000

Mississippi 4-H Community Clubs and Programs: 1,304*

  • 74 % 4-H community clubs with 20,262 4-H’ers
  • 4% 4-H in-school clubs with 1,018 4-H’ers
  • 4% 4-H after-school clubs with 960 4-H’ers
  • 1% 4-H military clubs with 17 4-H’ers
  • 11% special interest and short-term 4-H programs with 14,218 4-H’ers
  • 6% school enrichment programs with 12,841 4-H’ers

*duplicates not eliminated


  • 51% girls
  • 49% boys

Grade in School:

  • 23% K- 3rd
  • 31% 4th-6th
  • 18% 7th-9
  • 22% 10th-12th
  • 5% Post-high school
  • 1% Special     

Project Enrollment - 88,486

  • 26% Plants and Animals
  • 21% Environmental Education and Earth Sciences
  • 16% Personal Development and Leadership
  • 16 % Healthy Lifestyle Education
  • 9% Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • 5% Citizenship/Civic Education
  • 4% Consumer and Family Sciences
  • 3% Communication and Expressive Arts
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Publication Number: F1112
Publication Number: P3277
Publication Number: P1565
Publication Number: P1991


Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership and Citizenship October 18, 2018

Forty-three Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H members were recognized recently during the annual Mississippi Congressional Award ceremony for their self-development accomplishments.

A group of teenagers posing on a stage.
Filed Under: Join 4-H October 5, 2018

Ah yes, 4-H. We talk about it quite a lot in Extension. You’ve probably seen the green clover on our website and around your community. You might even know some 4-H’ers who talk about how much they love being a member. But what exactly is it? (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Man standing in the woods inspects nylon straps on a tree stand he is holding on in his hands.
Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education, Wildlife September 21, 2018

Safety is a key aspect of having a successful and enjoyable hunt this season and for many more to come.

Three young people drive ATVs on a marked course in a field during a safety training.
Filed Under: ATV Safety September 18, 2018

Abbye Buchanan, of Florence, is the 2018 winner of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H ATV Safety PSA Contest. Buchanan is 11 years old and has been a member of 4-H for 3 years. (File photo/MSU Extension Service)

Filed Under: Youth Projects, Community, Family, Insects September 13, 2018

Insects and their habitats take center stage during Bugfest at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune on Sept. 21 and 22.

Success Stories

A young man wearing a cap and checked shirt.
Volume 4 Number 1

A tale as old as time: A boy’s older relative advises him to join 4-H. He refuses.

A smiling woman in a blue shirt poses for the camera.
Volume 4 Number 1

Paige Nicholson-Bergeron shares how the 4-H youth development program helped her prepare for both her title of Miss Rodeo America 2014 and her career.*

A man and two girls stand in a barn with three horses.
Youth Livestock, Equine
Volume 4 Number 1

Mississippi 4-H youth horse instructor Tom McBeath takes great pride in having taught two generations of students, and he is now recognized as one of the best in the country at what he does.

Two elderly women display their healthy food choices.
Health and Wellness
Volume 4 Number 1

McLeod is one of about 25 members of the group that formed 4 years ago. They meet at the Columbia center that is managed by the New Zion United Methodist Church.

Man in green dress shirt sits at a table with a woman in a white dress
Volume 3 Number 4

Tiara and Jeremy Brown, former 4-H’ers from Clay and Oktibbeha Counties, respectively, discuss how the 4-H youth development program has something for everyone.

Tiara and Jeremy are both from families that were very involved in 4-H. They met while attending Mississippi State University, graduated, and married. Jeremy went on to work as a mechanical engineer at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing in West Point, and Tiara works as a special education teacher at Central School, also in West Point.



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