4-H is the youth education branch of the Cooperative Extension Service, a program of the United States Department of Agriculture. Each state and each county has access to a County Extension office for both youth and adult programs. 4-H focuses on the personal growth of the club member. Life skills development is built into 4-H projects, activities, and events to help youth become contributing, productive, self-directed members of society. Membership in 4-H is a privilege and is open to students in good standing in grades 5-12.