What is this Project About?

The self-determined project allows you freedom to design a project with skills that are not already offered in a different project. Please consider if your project work might fit into another project area before selecting the self-determined project. Members enrolling in the Self-determined project are responsible for identifying their project resources and filling out project paperwork. Projects in this category allow the member to set individual goals and select activities suited to his or her needs. Approval from your UW-Madison Extension 4-H Educator is required.

Grow in Your Project

Starting Out

  • Learn to develop your project idea
  • Inventory your interests, needs, aspirations, concerns, experiences, skills, and resources related to the areas you are looking to learn more about
  • Create and submit a project plan to your 4-H Educator

Learning More

  • Set project goals
  • Develop a plan on how to achieve your goals
  • Carry out your plan
  • Work with others to develop your plan

Going Further

  • Evaluate your progress on project goals
  • Record your progress
  • Share your experience with others
  • Teach others and mentor them in your project

Take Your Project Further!

  • Take a tour of something related to your project
  • Interview someone with a career related to your project
  • Participate in a radio program to share your learning with others
  • Create a display for school or a library showing others about your project
  • Create a video to share about what you are learning
  • Visits a store that sells items related to your project
  • Discuss your project with family and friends
  • Check out books related to your project at the library
  • Visits websites that can tell you more information about your topic
  • Find community sponsored workshop or talks related to your project