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2018 Mississippi 4-H Youth Development Status Report 

Ethnic Background

  • 59% White
  • 38% African American
  • 3% Other groups


  • 51% Girls
  • 49% Boys

Grade in School

  • 23% K-3rd
  • 33% 4th-6th
  • 16% 7th-9th
  • 23% 10th-12th
  • 4% Post-High School
  • 1% Special

Geographic Location

  • 59% 40,860 live in towns with populations under 10,000 and rural
  • 28% 19,391 live in towns and cities with populations of 10,000 to 50,000
  • 7% 4,848 live on farms
  • 6% 4,155 live in suburbs and cities

4-H Project Enrollment

  • 24% Plants and Animals
  • 23% Environmental Education and Earth Sciences
  • 21% Personal Development and Leadership
  • 14% Healthy Lifestyle Education
  • 5% Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • 5% Citizenship and Civic Education
  • 5% Communication and Expressive Arts
  • 3% Consumer and Family Sciences
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U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith stands next to a display case in a library.
Filed Under: 4-H November 17, 2023

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, a native and resident of Brookhaven, observes the Lincoln County 4-H display that is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibition at the Lincoln County Library. 

Students in green shirts posing for a picture.
Filed Under: 4-H October 6, 2023

One of the best kept secrets out there is 4-H!

Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Mental Health First Aid September 15, 2023

STARKVILLE, Miss. – A Mississippi State University Extension instructor has been selected to a national Extension Foundation committee focused on improving mental health.

A person’s right hand rests on a computer mouse while their left hand rests on a laptop keyboard.
Filed Under: Keys to the Community, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Economic Development, Rural Development, Small Business September 8, 2023

RAYMOND, Miss. -- In Mississippi, 230,000 residents lack access to high-speed internet and the many benefits it offers, but the Mississippi State University Extension Service is working to help change that. Devon Mills, an assistant Extension professor of agricultural economics, is leading an effort to build an inventory of all the organizations in the state working to promote digital skills and literacy. This effort, called the Mississippi Digital Asset Mapping Project, is helping spread the word about a survey to help construct that inventory.

Wayne County, Mississippi 4-H’ers display their first place award plaques earned at the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program contest.
Filed Under: 4-H September 6, 2023

WAYNE COUNTY, Miss. -- A team of Mississippi 4-H’ers brought home a first-place award this summer in a national wildlife habitat management competition. The three-member team competed in the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program contest in Milford, Iowa, July 31-Aug. 2.

Success Stories

A woman, smiling, holding a 4-H flag and 4-H trophy and standing in front of several 4-H plaques affixed to the wall.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Join 4-H, Poultry, Family
Volume 9 Number 3

She grew up in the 4-H youth development program in Indiana, and her husband was in Ohio 4-H. Fast-forward a few years, and Inez Saum became a volunteer leader for Mississippi 4-H.

A keeling man wearing glasses and a kilt, holding an archery bow.
4-H, 4-H Safety Programs, 4-H Shooting Sports
Volume 9 Number 3

“Slow down. Relax. Focus. Find your balance. Imagine your problems are the arrow, but you are the bow. The string is God’s power, handling all the work. The bow holds the string that shoots the arrow.”

A woman, smiling, sitting with her arms around a large dog.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Health and Wellness
Volume 9 Number 3

Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important, and so is knowing where your food comes from, how to grow it yourself, and how to harvest and prepare it. Veteran educator Jana Everett believes children need to learn all these lessons.

A man standing behind an archery target and surrounded by six children, all smiling.
4-H, 4-H Safety Programs, 4-H Shooting Sports
Volume 9 Number 3

When Johnny O. Scott was approached 5 years ago about volunteering to lead a group of young people interested in practicing archery, he jumped at the chance.

Two children kayaking on the water.
4-H, Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Natural Resources
Volume 9 Number 3

When the Mississippi State University Extension Service started organizing 4-H Kayaking Clubs, Kim Gowdy, Extension agent in Jackson County, was convinced it would be a great fit for local youth.


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