4-H offers instruction in the business of business

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4-H offers instruction in the business of business

Source: Kim Foster, extension specialist for 4-H youth development

Having a basic knowledge of business practices is helpful no matter your profession. To help high school juniors and seniors learn this information, Kentucky 4-H offers instruction in the American Private Enterprise Youth Program.

Classes teach 4-H’ers about the U.S. business organization, economy, the connection between business and government, consumers, supply and demand, credit, savings, unemployment, inflation, investments and international business and economy. The program also discusses privately owned U.S. businesses, partnerships, corporations and cooperatives and how each of them works in the American business structure.

In addition to helping young people become familiar with U.S. and international business and economics, the program strives to help youth develop the leadership skills they need to become successful business people. 4-H’ers who excel at the local level are invited to attend a three-day Kentucky Youth Seminar at the University of Kentucky. At the seminar, they continue to expand on their business education but take it a step further and become officers and directors in charge of solving business problems in their corporations. Top scholars at this event can receive cash awards up to $1,500 or more. In addition, 20 all-expense-paid trips are awarded for the annual National Institute on Cooperative Education Conference.

American Private Enterprise classes are conducted locally in either three weekly sessions or a three- or five-day series, depending on the county and its needs. While the program is organized by county 4-H youth development agents, often they will invite local business leaders to discuss a particular area and share their business experience with the young people.


For more information on the American Private Enterprise Youth Program, contact your County Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.