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4-H and GIS

Map of 4-H clubs

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Esri GIS Grants for 4-H (US)

The 2014 Esri GIS Grants for 4-H application will be accepted from Oct. 1, 2013 to Dec. 1, 2013. Your youth group may be eligible for access to Esri ArcGIS licenses under a Statewide K-12 license. Please visit k12schoollicenses for more information.

Download the 2014 4-H Grant Application and Guidelines. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2013.

Contact for 4-H Program

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If you would like to be added to the 4-H GIS GPS listerv or if you need additional information, please email

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The 4-H GIS  grant program is designed to provide 4-H and other youth serving non-profit organizations in the U.S. with access to ArcGIS software for youth instructional and service learning projects in the community. Software, lessons, and participation in the community calls and webinars are available to support youth programming.

The Esri Youth Program provides youth serving organizations such as 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other accredited after school or out of school organizations with a way to integrate Esri GIS technology into their informal STEM, Science, Environmental, and Career programs.

Eligible non-profit Youth Serving organizations options:

The Esri 4-H GIS program is intended to help 4-H groups expand its current Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), Citizenship and Healthy Living programs that support nearly 7 million youth members.

4-H youth from around the United States are selected annually as members of The National 4-H GIS GPS Leadership Team. This youth and adult team provides leadership and act as GeoMentors to the hundreds of 4-H clubs across the nation using Esri GIS technology in their local projects and for local service learning projects. The National 4-H GIS GPS Leadership team members are active presenters and participants in the Esri Education User Conference and Esri International User Conference.

4-H in Emergency Preparedness

4-H clubs around the U.S. are getting involved in emergency preparedness at their local community level. Several are beginning by helping local emergency official identify suitable locations within the community, or in neighboring communities that could be used as temporary pet shelters in the event of a community disaster.

The Alert, Evacuate and Shelter (AES) pilot project enabled 4-H, their families and their communities' to experience the geography of their local communities while helping their local emergency officials develop and build comprehensive emergency plans and maps for situations when citizens may need to be alerted, quickly evacuated, and sheltered during an emergency.

The AES project focuses on keeping communities safe that are located in hurricane ridden areas through the creation of evacuation and shelter maps and through the use of advanced geospatial technologies. AES encourages 4-H youth to use their acquired leadership skills to educate their communities and to provide assistance, and direction, to their community leaders on the safe evacuation and shelter of local citizens during a hurricane.

Nation 4-H Mission

The National 4-H mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults, and fostering opportunities for community engagement and service projects.

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