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.


managing, thinking, developing critical thinking skills



relating, caring, developing friendships



giving, working, volunteering and helping out



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