WHat is 4-H?

4-H is Community

We're from the community, to serve the community

4-H is America’s largest youth development organization. We empower young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Youth collaborate with caring adult mentors to lead hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and citizenship. Mentors provide a positive environment where youth learn by doing. This 4-H experience is delivered by a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation.

4-H iS YOU

Start here to build a better you!

In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. 4-H empowers young people to be true leaders.

True leaders are young people who have confidence; know how to work well with others; can endure through challenges; and will stick to a job until it gets done. In 4-H, we believe true leaders aren’t born— they are grown. The 4-H experience is proven to grow true leaders with life skills like confidence, independence, resilience and compassion.

4-H IS Tradition

The 4-H Pledge

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,

my heart to greater loyalty,

my hands to larger service,

and my health to better living,

for my club, my community, my country and my world.

The 4-H colors

The 4-H colors are green and white. Green is nature's most common color and represents youth, life and growth. White symbolizes purity and high ideals.

The 4-H Motto

To Make the Best Better

The 4-H Creed

I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.

I believe in the training of my head for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.

I believe in the training of my heart for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true.

I believe in the training of my hands for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful, and useful.

I believe in the training of my health for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.

I believe in my country, my state, and my community and in my responsibility for their development. In all these things

I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.

The 4-H Slogan

"Learn by Doing"

It's all in the clover

The 4-H clover embodies the four actions to which 4-H members commit. The four H's represent:

  • Head

  • Hands

  • Heart

  • Health