4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

4-H clubs involve young people in organized groups, solving issues critical to their lives, their families, and society with an adult leader and a planned program of 4-H projects.

School Enrichment resource materials for teachers and optional classroom instruction on special topics.

Workshops and Special Interest Programs  available to any youth group on 4-H project areas or special topics such as career awareness and exploration, or leadership development.

For a complete list of activities throughout the state, visit the Alaska State 4-H page.

Application/4-H member assistance

Anchorage 4-H has received a generous donation that will be used to fund scholarships for 4-H members.   These scholarship funds must be used to attend a 4-H program-either for program fees or, in the case of travel away from our District, for travel costs.

Please click here to download the informational letter and the application.

Family and Community

Change is good, especially if you direct your efforts toward a better life for yourself, your family and the community. To start making a difference, ponder how you can share your ideas with the rest of your family and with similar-minded friends, neighbors and co-workers. Here are a few helpful hints to get you started:

  • Save fuel and money: Tune up your car, check tire air pressure, clean air filter.
  • Be healthy: Get your vaccinations (call the Public Health Department). 
  • Reuse your grocery bags or bring your own.
  • Bike, bus or walk for errands around town.
  • Share yourself: Be a foster parent. Check out www.hss.state.ak.us/OCS/.
  • Volunteer! Join the Pillow Patrol and make pillowcases to donate to foster children. Call 907-786-6305.
  • Start a 4-H club for neighborhood kids.

Interested in learning more about Japan? Want to host a Japanese delegate? Read on:

Labo Exchange students meet their host families at a celebrational gathering.


This year, we celebrate 40 years of the 4-H exchange with Japan. During this time, thousands of USA youth have enjoyed being a part of a Japanese family, and/or have welcomed a Japanese boy or girl into their homes. All have made lifelong friends, become more confident, and seen their world expand. Many have chosen their future careers based upon their exchange experiences. If you aren't able to travel this year, or if you have a younger brother or sister who also enjoys making friends from other countries, your family may want to also consider being a host family. 

The University of Alaska 4-H Youth program is now accepting applications for the July 2012 exchange program to Japan. Participants learn about Japanese culture before they travel, then enjoy a one-month homestay with a Japanese family, hosted by a Japanese boy or girl the same age and gender as themselves. They do whatever their Japanese brother or sister may do, including attending a short summer camp, and experience Japanese life as a resident, not as a tourist. If you are not currently a 4-H member, that's ok. As part of this program, you will be enrolled in 4-H. If you do not speak Japanese, that is ok, too, as your host brother or sister wants to practice his or her English. If you do speak Japanese, and want to learn more, this is a great opportunity.

Here are links to the application form and to more information about the exchange.

Pillow Patrol

Saturday, January 19 many volunteers showed up to make pillowcases for foster kids in our area.

They brought their family and friends and donated yard-size pieces of fabric.

2012 Cordova Music Camp

CLICK HERE for more info about 4-H in Anchorage

Start something -- form a 4-H club

It’s not too soon to think about 4-H for the next school year. What do you like to do? 4-H is unique—you can form around anything or everything. Find some friends who think like you, get some interested parents or adults to be leaders and get started.  

The 4-H office is planning these events for the next year; you can be a part of something great:

  • Science Saturday
  • Youth in Government
  • Sewing and Craft classes

Please contact me at mlkerr@alaska.edu with any questions or ideas for 4-H in Anchorage.

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