4-H, the youth development program of the University of Missouri, is supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs by helping young people gain marketable skills, see opportunities, and apply their learning to create value for others in their club, community, country, and world.
As 4-H entrepreneurs (Cloverpreneurs), young people can:
- Create their own part-time job
- Earn money from their 4-H projects
- Provide needed products or services for their community
- Gain hands-on experience in business, entrepreneurship, and college/career readiness
4-H offers an entrepreneurship project for youth (ages 8-18) which works alongside other project interests. Youth are guided by caring adult volunteers to explore the world of entrepreneurs, learn characteristics of a successful businessperson, identify business opportunities around them, and take steps to start and run their own micro-business. Young people can enroll in the 4-H entrepreneurship project by joining a local 4-H club (contact the University of Missouri County Extension Office for details). 4-H also offers state-level opportunities for young entrepreneurs to advance their skills and ventures through sales booths (Show Me 4-H Wares), camps (MU Build-a-Business Camp), and other special programs.