Mission & Vision
The mission of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation is to support youth development opportunities through 4-H.
We seek to create and enhance growth and recognition for 4-Hers and their volunteer leaders through our leveraged efforts, that they may develop the hallmarks of successful citizens with responsibility, leadership, and integrity.
Youth involved in 4-H are uniquely positioned to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
130,000 Arkansas youth participate in 4-H programs per year. A number that keeps growing.
The Arkansas 4-H Foundation develops and supports programming to help Arkansas youth become responsible citizens and reach their full potential as healthy and productive adults.
Youth in Arkansas
Arkansas youth face many challenges. Without proper guidance and positive reinforcement many end up addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and far too often, contribute to the state’s juvenile crime statistics. According to a 2013 Report to Congress by the US Department of Health & Human Services, 22.7% of Arkansas youth ages 12 to 20 consumed alcohol within the past month and 15% binged on alcohol. Those numbers increased with age. By age 18-20, 38.2% of Arkansas youth consumed alcohol within the past month and 25.65% binged on alcohol. Furthermore, according to statistics published by the Arkansas Crime Information Center, 6,034 Arkansas youth age 17 or under were arrested for crimes ranging from bad checks to murder in 2016.
A positive, proven youth development program such as 4-H can help combat these problems. In the nation, 4-H, which uses a “learn by doing” model, is six million members strong with half a million adult and youth volunteers. Comprehensive findings from a team of researchers at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University show that 4-H youth are:
- 4 times more likely to make contributions to their communities (Grades 7-12)
- 2 times more likely to be civically active (Grades 8-12)
- 2 times more likely to make healthier choices, including less drug, alcohol and tobacco use
- 2 times more likely to participate in science engineering and computer technology programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10-12)
Our staff and board are dedicated to the belief that helping Arkansas kids achieve their boldest dreams empowers them, changes lives and helps communities thrive across our state and beyond.
Board of Directors
Mike Boyd, President
Attorney, Bell-Boyd PLLC
Executive Vice President, Arkansas Farm Bureau
Dr. Rick Cartwright
Associate VP for Agriculture Extension
President, The Poultry Federation
County Extension Staff Chair, Retired
Karen Bell Fox
Farmer-Cattle, Poultry and Timber
Chief Administrator, Pulaski Circuit-County Clerk
CEO and Chairman of the Board,
Bank of Delight
Retired: Associate Professor Emeritus University of Arkansas
Retired: President / CEO, Farm Credit Services of W. Arkansas
Dr. Darlene Millard, Vice President
University of Arkansas 4-H State Leader, Retired
Dr. David Montague
Director of Online Learning and Facility Mentoring, Professor Criminal Justice University of Arkansas Little Rock
Eric Pendergrass, LL.M.
Attorney-Smith, Cohen & Horan
Retired, Senior Vice President, Riceland Foods Inc.
Judy Riley, Treasurer
Retired, Delta Dist. Associate Ext. Director
Manager, Corporate Communications
Arkansas Living Magazine
Electric Cooperatives of AR
Dr. Martha Ray Sartor, Secretary
Associate Director of FCS and 4-H Youth Development
Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas
Retired, Executive Director-Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation
North Little Rock