4-H Makes the best better

4-H Makes the best better

Postby Gary Triplett » February 4th, 2013, 4:12 pm


Official 4-H emblem.
Motto"To make the best better."
FormationCirca 1902, United States
TypeYouth organization
Legal statusNon-profit organization
Purpose/focus"Engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development."
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Region servedWorldwide
Membership6.5 million members in the United States, ages 5 to 21
Main org.National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Parent org.United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The 4-H pledge is:
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!

4-H in the United States is a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), with the mission of "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development."[1] The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health. The organization has over 6.5 million members in the United States, from ages five to twenty-one, in approximately 90,000 clubs.[2]
The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs.
Today, 4-H and related programs exist in over eighty countries around the world; the organization and administration varies from country to country. Each of these programs operates independently, but cooperatively through international exchanges, global education programs, and communications.
The 4-H motto is "To make the best better", while its slogan is "Learn by doing" (sometimes written as "Learn to do by doing").

Find a 4-H Club near you. Join or volunteer today.
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