About 4-H SPIN Clubs

SPIN clubs are SPecial INterest clubs for youth (ages 5 to 18) that allow students to meet with others that share their hobby or interest. A SPIN club can be about any topic that youth want to learn more about. These are high-impact clubs that are flexible and focus on specific activities or skills. By the end of the club, youth complete a project related to the topic. The SPIN club goals are:

  • Belonging – youth connect with other youth with similar interests
  • Mastery – youth experience hands-on learning and practicing skills
  • Generosity – youth learn to share knowledge through community service
  • Independence – youth build confidence in skills with the help of a network of peers and adult mentors

SPIN clubs rely on adult volunteers, particularly those with creativity, nurturing, wisdom, and skills, to work with youth. SPIN clubs should be youth-led with club members planning and running their own activities. In the school setting, these are before or after-school clubs that meet during the school year. Educators and adult volunteers should connect with their local Extension agent to help with SPIN club planning.

Components

  • 5 to 6 sequential learning experiences (at least 2 hours of total education)
  • Flexible & variable project time frame set by the group (such as meeting once a week for 6 weeks or twice a week for 3 weeks)
  • At least 1 adult volunteer for expertise & guidance in the special interest area
  • At least 5 youth interested in the topic (1:8 adult to youth ratio)
  • Different curriculum/project levels ranging from beginner to advanced

Components vary a lot per SPIN club. The supplies and resources will be different depending on the topic. Some potential topics for health-related SPIN clubs are:

  • Cooking or baking
  • Beekeeping
  • Disaster preparedness
  • First aid
  • Fitness (or activities like baseball, tennis, hiking, skiing, etc)
  • Soap making

TEKS Alignment

At this time, SPIN clubs are not aligned with TEKS.

Additional Resources

Interested educators should connect with their county AgriLife Extension office for more information. Find their contact information here: https://counties.agrilife.org/