Citizenship is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Citizenship.

What you can do in this project: discover and discuss public issues; plan a project to change or improve your community.
Grades: 4-12
Resource: 08153, Citizenship Adventure Kit (Public Adventures)

Citizenship Leader
Resources: 08154, Citizenship Guide’s Handbook (Public Adventures)
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Citizenship? Try the links below.

Citizenship Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including citizenship. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Citizenship Washington Focus
CWF is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 15-19, from across the country. Every summer thousands of young people stay at the National 4-H Conference Center, near Washington, D.C., to participate in this week-long program. Contact your county Extension office for more information.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.


Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Several 4-H club and counties have been busy adapting the Citizenship curriculum. Click on a file for descriptions and some activity lesson ideas.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Citizenship Project. Just follow these links!

Center for Democracy and Citizenship
The work of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship began in 1989 and draws on a rich heritage of people and institutions doing public work to achieve things of lasting importance.

Close Up Foundation
The Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan citizenship education organization. Since its founding in 1970, CloseUp has worked to promote responsible and informed participation in the democratic process through a variety of educational programs.

Earth Force
Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future by training and supporting educators in programs that enable young people to lead community action projects focused on creating sustainable solutions to local environment issues in the community.

Federal Internet Guide
With this site, it is easier to find government information on the Internet by knowing the name of the federal agency that supplies it.

Great Web Sites for Kids
List produced by the Association for Library Service to Children. Categories include Social Sciences.

Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet
Disability Resources, Inc., is a nonprofit organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently.

National 4-H Citizenship Online Project
Activities and links to Citizenship sites for youth, clubs and educators.

Official Federal Government Web Sites of Executive Branch
This page contains Executive Branch sites only. You can find information on each of the departments of state as well as independent agencies.

Service Learning – SERVEnet is a premier web site on service and volunteering. Through SERVEnet, users can enter their zip code, city, state, skills, interests, and availability and be matched with organizations in his/her area needing help.

U.S. House of Representatives
Features information on the House of Representatives, including names and background on all of the state representatives, individual bill progress, and links to write your state representative.

U.S. Senate
Features information on the Senate, including names and contact information on all the senators, committees, individual bill progress, and historical information on the Senate.

What Kids Can Do
A national not-for-profit organization founded in 2001 for the purpose of making public the voices and views of adolescents. On this web site, the organization documents young people’s lives, learning, work, and their partnerships with adults both in and out of school.

White House
This website can keep you in touch with all that is going on inside the White House from appointment nominations to press briefings.

White House Kids Page
America ’s presidents have represented many states, held different occupations and faced difficult challenges. As you learn about the presidents, think about ways you can serve your neighbor, community or country today.

Youth Venture
Youth Venture helps young people across the U.S. start new youth-led organizations that achieve a lasting benefit for their schools, neighborhoods and communities.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Citizenship Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Matt Calvert