Source: Daily Commercial
4-H is the largest positive youth development program globally and is delivered by Cooperative Extension through more than 100 public universities. For more than 100 years, 4-H has provided experiences where kids learn by doing. There are over 70 independent, country-led 4-H programs around the world. Worldwide, there are almost seven million 4-H'ers. 4-H has the goal of reaching 20 million members internationally by 2025.
In 4-H programs, youth complete hands-on projects in various areas like agriculture, Health, STEAM, and leadership under the guidance of adult volunteers. These projects are completed through 4-H clubs, after-school programs, residential camping, day camps, and workshops.
The green, four-leaf clover symbolizes 4-H utilizing four "H's." Have you ever wondered what the 4 "H's" stand for? The 4 "H's" are found in the pledge, which is recited at club meetings and county, state, and national programs.
"I pledge my Head to clearer thinking
My Heart to greater loyalty
My Hands to larger service
My Health to better living
For my club, community, country, and world."
4-H focuses on developing healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally, by teaching youth to manage feelings, build self-esteem, and build character. Youth learn to use their Head, Heart, Hands, and Health to better their club, community, country, and world.
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Image: Mikayla Clement, right, assisting Anna Daniels on the sewing machine.