What is 4-H?

 

4-H is a positive youth development movement based on skill building activities and meaningful leadership roles supported by caring adult volunteers.

The most common question we get is, “What do the 4 ‘H’s stand for?”

 

The 4 “Hs” represent the values of 4-H and how our members commit themselves to be responsible, caring and contributing young leaders.

 

The 4-H program is over 100 years old. Today, over seven million members participate in 4-H programs in more than 70 countries. The 4-H program is delivered by professionals and volunteers through school and community clubs, in-school and after-school programs and 4-H camps.

 

4-H programs are designed to enable youth to “Learn To Do By Doing” and "To Make the Best Better". Youth can choose from a broad menu of 4-H projects which they complete with guidance from their adult leader in a fun, inclusive and safe environment which encourages individual leadership roles.

 

The 4-H elements of practical skill building activities, meaningful leadership roles and partnerships with caring adult volunteers has been proven to equip young people for future success. According to a longitudinal study by Tufts University in the United States, 4-H youth attain higher educational achievement and are three times more likely to actively contribute to their communities.

head
HEAD:

managing, thinking, developing critical thinking skills

heart

HEART:

relating, caring, developing friendships

hands

HANDS:

giving, working, volunteering and helping out

health

HEALTH:

wellbeing, healthy living, taking care of yourself and the planet

 

 

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