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  • About 4-H


  • 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?
    Youth like 4-H for a number of reasons, some of the top reasons are: 

    • 4-H members have fun with friends while learning problem solving, critical thinking and team-building skills
    • Hands on learning opportunities are key to the success of the 4-H program
    • Youth develop leadership skills at a young age by holding officer roles, participating in public speaking opportunities, and presenting throughout the county
    • 4-H is a family centered youth development program and parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend all 4-H activities


    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 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.

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