Self-Determined is a statewide 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: Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Self-determined.

What you can do in this project: create your own project or expand on an old one; select a project, develop a plan, identify resources; carry out and evaluate your plan.
Grades: 3-13
Resource: 4H272, Designing Your Own Project


Want to learn more about Self-Determined? Try the links below.

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

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.

Related Links

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

Create Your Own Webpage
Ideas on how you might organize and present your self-determined project.

Great Web Sites for Kids
Extensive list produced by the Association for Library Service to Children. Check it out!

How Stuff Works
Great place to start for curious youngsters . . . and adults!

Fun stuff to do from the Internet Public Library Youth Division.

Site offers you help in setting goals for your next project and maintaining those goals.

Ohio 4-H Self-Determined Project
Series of “project idea starters” for your next self-determined project.

Pennsylvania 4-H Self-Determined Manual
Booklet on how to plan, carry out and document your progress.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Self-Determined 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.