What is 4-H?4-H is the nation's largest youth development and empowerment organization. In Wisconsin, more than 150,000 youth in urban, suburban and rural settings are involved with 4-H and other UW-Extension youth programs. Youth from five-year Kindergarten to one year past high school can learn important life skills like leadership, team work, critical thinking and communication to help prepare them for successful futures - and they do it while engaging in fun, hands-on 4-H activities!
The Positive Youth Development Difference: Research shows that 4-H helps young people excel beyond their peers. The structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve success in life.
Why do young people like 4-H?
Why do parents like 4-H?
4-H offers children an avenue to develop their strengths through exploring interests, practicing decision making, developing goals and accomplishing them. These life skills are crucial in today's competitive world.
Who provides leadership for 4-H?The University of Wisconsin Extension Services, through the county based UW-Extension office, supports the 4-H program by providing the leadership, mission, vision, educational guidelines, literature resources and infrastructural support to the program. Nationally, it is part of the Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
What is the time commitment for a 4-H Community Club member?Everyone’s 4-H experience is different. The old saying “You only get out of it what you put into it” certainly applies to 4-H. The more involved a youth (or parent) is, the more they benefit from the program. The most basic commitment is:
What is the time commitment for a 4-H SPIN (Special Interest) Club member?SPIN clubs meet six or more times for at least one hour per session. The time commitment could be a number of weeks or months based on the frequency of the meetings. Meeting dates are set by the volunteer leader based on the availability of potential participants.
What is the 4-H Pledge?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, my community, my country, and my world.
What is the 4-H emblem? A green four-leaf clover with a white “H” on each clover leaf. The H’s stand for head, heart, hands, and health.
Waukesha County 4-H Staff
4-H Youth Development Educator
Cindy Sarkady(262) firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
4-H Support Staff
Molly Ellis(262) email@example.comOffice Hours: Monday-Friday, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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