The Mission of the of the Jamaica 4H Clubs movement is to mobilize, educate and train young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years in agricultural, homemaking, leadership and social skills, which will prepare them for, or influence them into careers in agriculture and agro-related occupations. The movement seeks to provide a cadre of trained young leaders, capable of contributing to national development.
Address: National Headquarters, 95 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6
Phone: (876) 927-4050-2
Fax: (876) 978-3209
Open: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Contact: Parish Development Officer for St. Andrew or the Parish Development Officer for Kingston
Phone: (876) 978-6113; 927-6918
Fax: (876) 978-3209
Heifer Revolving Programme: This began in 1975 as a collaborative effort between the Jamaica 4-H Clubs and the Kingston Lions Club; however, it is now managed by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs’ Revolving Herd Committee. To date, some 2,500 animals have crossed hands in the programme. Animals are offered to older clubites that successfully satisfy a selection process. These clubites, which should at least have an interest in animal rearing are further trained in animal husbandry and should have access to feeding facilities. The first offspring from the animal is then put back in the programme for other candidates.
Goat Revolving Programme: This programme began in 2001 and operates in a similar fashion to that of the Heifer Revolving Programme. It is open to all clubites island wide; however, participants must be 4-H members for a period of not less than one year. They must also be selected by a 4-H Leader and be approved by the 4-H Clubs on the grounds of interest in livestock etc. When the goat has had its first kid and it becomes six months old, it is then returned to the programme.
Tractor Operation & Maintenance: This provides training for clubites between the ages of 18 to 25 years in this particular skill. Since its inception, the programme has received certification from the National Council on Technical Vocation Education and Training (NCTVET). The programme which began on May 21, 2001 with 12 participants is conducted at three-month intervals at the Denbigh 4-H Training Centre in Clarendon. The programme has also benefited from a grant of US$51,254.00 from the Japanese Government to procure additional equipment necessary for its sustainability.
Examiners from the Ministry of Transport & Works also certify and award Operators’ Licenses to successful candidates.
Environmental Programmes: In addition to its Greening of Jamaica – the 4-H Way Programme, there is now the 4-H Environmental Challenge programme which is spearheaded by the Island Advisory Council. This programme, as of this year (2005) will be incorporated at all Parish Achievement Days. It has recently received sponsorship from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, (EFJ), and USAID Ridge to Reef Watershed Project and Kaiser Jamaica.
Entrepreneurial Programmes: Part of the 4-H mandate is to provide leadership skills training. This is embodied in the entrepreneurial programme which the 4-H Clubs has in collaboration with the Inter-American Bank, (IDB).
International Exchange Programmes: The International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) and the Michigan Exchange Programmes are two major international programmes in which the 4-H is heavily involved. Added to this, there is also the fledgling Caribbean 4-H Exchange Programme which continues to gain momentum.
4-H Land Policy: The Jamaica 4-H Clubs is playing its part in putting young farmers on the land by contacting those who are interested in agriculture. The 4-H Clubs continues to lobby the Government of Jamaica for land for young farmers. Interested persons should contact the nearest 4-H Clubs Parish Office for further details.
The following guidelines will assist persons interested in establishing a 4-H Club.
School 4-H Clubs- Boys and girls attending Primary, All-Age, Junior High and High Schools are eligible for membership, provided that they are over nine years of age and that they undertake to be involved in an individual project of a farming or home making nature at home. Any boy or girl in their respective area who is between his or her ninth and 17th birthday is eligible for membership provided that they undertake to be involved in an individual project of a farming or home making character at home.
Community 4-H Clubs- Any boy or girl living in their respective area who is between his or her 17th and 25th birthday is eligible for membership provided that they undertake to be involved in an individual project or actively participate in a club project. Members of both school and community 4-H Clubs who fail to keep pace with their work or who are absent from three or more consecutive meetings of the club without an excuse acceptable to the club, are automatically suspended and may be reinstated only upon written application and the favourable action of the club. After the formation of the club, new members must be proposed and seconded by members of the club and elected at a club meeting.
Church 4-H Clubs- Any boy or girl living in their respective area who is between his or her 17th and 25th birthday is eligible for membership provided that they undertake to be involved in an individual project or actively participate in a club project.
Register Clubs - Schools, church colleges complete and application form.
Offer home, leadership skills and projects and community school and church receive a grant of $30,000 for home garden.