4-H Online Enrollment
Enrollment begins October 1!
The new 4-H year begins on October 1 and 4-H enrollment/re-enrollment opens via the Kansas 4-H Online system.
All re-enrollments for returning members must be completed online by November 30.
If re-enrollment is not completed by this deadline, youth will become ineligible for the current year to:
- Receive exhibit premium or participate in premium auctions. Youth may participate in the judging process and receive a ribbon.
- Hold a leadership position at the county level (4-H Council officer, etc)
- Represent the County on a team or for an award, at a state competitive 4-H event (4-H judging teams, shows, State contests judging, etc)
- Receive any local 4-H scholarship or support dollars for registration/travel.
- It is the member's responsibility to complete enrollment by the deadline date.
Gaining life skills is one of the goals of 4-H enrollment.
4-H enrollment via Kansas 4HOnline system, PROJECT CHANGES CLOSE MAY 1 to allow adequate time for fair exhibition preparation. Changes after this date can be made in consultation with extension staff. Some projects may have an earlier deadline date. (Example: 4-Her must be enrolled in the beef project prior to the weigh-in date.) It is possible to enroll in additional projects after this date if fair exhibition is not a project goal.
The 4-H project has 4 phases 1) Enrollment and goal setting or deciding what the 4-Her wants to learn, 2) Project meetings guide 4-H members in gaining new skills. Project leaders serve as learning coaches. Project leaders must complete the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Service Application annually. Project meetings use 4-H project materials, cooperative extension, USDA or extension recognized resources to guide the learning experience. 3) Project knowledge/skills application occurs in a variety of methods. 4-Hers give project talks, demonstrations and other presentations related to their project. 4-Hers share their project skills via community service activities. As a 4-Hers gain project experience, they become leaders by planning and organizing project-related events and activities. 4-Hers demonstrate skills learned by preparing a project exhibit that represents the project knowledge gained and project work practiced during the 4-H year. 4-Hers visit with a judge to receive feedback related to their project skills progress during the 4-H year. 4-Hers keep project records during the 4-H year to better understand project costs and personal project growth experiences. 4) 4-Hers review their 4-H year accomplishments as well as areas that could be improved. The 4-H project record serves as the tool to help 4-hers reflect on their successes as well as failures which served as a learning experience. 4-H values youth having the opportunity to practice the necessary steps to develop a growth mindset.
For adults, we call this year-long progression of steps developing life skills or the 4-H advantage. For the 4-H member, it is the hands-on learning offered by 4-H projects that make 4-H fun.
Before enrolling online please note:
- Must have a stable internet connection using Firefox or Chrome browsers. (Use of other browsers can be more challenging) Enrollment can be completed on a computer or tablet!
- Must have a valid email address to create a family account (contact the Extension office if you do not have email). Do not create a new account if re-enrolling.
- To check out project offerings visit the Project Resources page. Care should be given to correctly enroll in the appropriate project phase.
- Make sure that you select your payment intention and submit all fees to the State 4-H Office by check (Due within 10 days of enrollment) or debit/credit card. Youth are not considered to be enrolled until payment has been processed. Follow diection regarding fees payment at time of enrollment.
Instructions for Re-enrollment (Enrollment begins Oct 1- Must re-enroll by Nov. 30) See Section 1 To add a new family member See Section 3
Using 4HOnline for NEW families (Enrollment begins Oct 1) See Section 2
About the 4-H Thriving Model
The 4-H Thriving Model illustrates the process of positive youth development in 4-H programs by connecting high quality program settings to the promotion of youth thriving.
High quality 4-H program settings provide youth a place to belong, matter and explore their personal spark. High quality settings foster developmental relationships with youth, relationships that express care, challenge growth, and share power. These components help ensure that 4-H programs provide a nourishing developmental context – a place where youth can belong and grow.
High quality 4-H programs contribute to PYD through the intentional promotion of social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral habits of mind. In the 4-H Thriving Model this process of PYD is described by seven indicators of thriving: Openness to challenge and discover, growth mindset, hopeful purpose, pro-social orientation, transcendent awareness, positive emotionality and self-regulation though goal setting and management.
Youth who experience high quality developmental settings in 4-H with an emphasis on these key social-emotional skills achieve key positive youth development outcomes, including academic motivation and success, social competence, high personal standards, connection with others, personal responsibility, and contribution to others through leadership and civic engagement.
Youth who achieve positive developmental outcomes are more likely to also achieve long-term outcomes marked by vocational or academic success, civic engagement, employability and economic stability and happiness and well being.