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Before joining a club, we strongly encourage families to discuss what type of participation they would like to have in the present and in the future. Knowing ahead of time what type of experience you want will help you to select a club that fits your needs the first time around. Questions to consider:
- Do you want a club that pulls youth primarily from one school district?
- Do you want a club that is large (20+ members) or small (10 members)?
- Are there particular kinds of projects that you would like to focus on now?
- Are there other projects that you might consider taking in the future?
- How much hands-on guidance will you get from parents/family, and how much guidance will you need from an advisor?
Club advisors may have areas of specialty, and therefore may assist youth taking specific projects. Before selecting a club, we encourage families to discuss what types of projects a youth member may be interested in now and in the future, to ensure that the club being chosen offers necessary support for that range or projects, especially if the parents/family are not educated in that project area.
Types of clubs
Our program offers a wide variety of clubs spanning the county. Combined with the wide variety of projects offered through Ohio 4-H (as listed in the Ohio 4-H Family Guide), there are many great options open to county youth who are looking to find their fit in a county 4-H club.
In the Mahoning County 4-H Club Guide you will find that clubs are listed by project type, but also include information about where and when they meet, whether they are currently accepting new members, and if they accept Cloverbud members. The club types are broken down by:
- General Project Clubs- These clubs have heavy participation with "still" projects (non-livestock, non-animal), but some of these clubs also do have livestock or animal project availability.
- Livestock Clubs- These clubs focus mostly on livestock projects, sometimes even focusing on particular livestock (feeder calves, hogs). Some of these clubs do also have "still" project availability.
- Other Animal Clubs- These clubs focus on animal species, but not necessarily on livestock breeds. This includes dogs, horses, llamas, rabbits, goats, and pocket pets.
- Shooting Sports Clubs- Ohio 4-H offers youth the opportunity to become involved in shooting sports through one of our clubs, where they will work with a certified shooting instructor. Youth must be 9 years old to participate.
If you have any questions or would like assistance choosing the best club for your family, please feel free to contact the Mahoning County Extension Office at 330-533-5538.