4-H advancement programs consists of a series of steps that provide a framework for progressive learning within a specific project area. Advancement programs encourage 4-H members to learn at their own speed based on their interests and abilities. Advancement programs are self-paced, and age and skill-level appropriate. Advancement programs can also be a tremendous help to members as they set their goals each year. Advancement programs are useful to Junior Leaders and more experienced 4-H members who wish to work with younger or less experienced members. In addition, advancement programs support continual project growth which is an important aspect when applying for 4-H College scholarships.
Once a member completes an advancement step, their 4-H leader signs off on their advancements. Once a leader has signed the advancement the record should be brought to the Extension Office and the member will receive a certificate to include in their record book.
The following is a list of advancement programs that are available at the Extensions Office. All the advancements may be found online with exception of the Generic Advancement Program. The Junior Leader Advancement may be found here.