What is 4-H?
As a part of the youth development program of Utah State University Cooperative Extension, 4-H is an informal, practical educational program for youth. 4-H is where there's fun in learning and learning in fun! The 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world.
Through America’s 110 land-grant universities and its Cooperative Extension System, 4-H reaches every corner of our nation—from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities. With a network of more than 6 million youth, 611,800 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 25 million alumni, 4-H helps shape youth to move our country and the world forward in ways that no other youth organization can.
- 4-H youth assume projects that are designed to fit their needs and abilities at different ages. They explore a variety of subjects from food to forestry, rockets and rabbits, and much, much more.
- 4-H gives kids and teens all sorts of opportunities to develop life skills, to practice them, and to refine and use them throughout their lifetime.
- 4-H teaches young people how to meet their needs for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity in positive ways.
- 4-H youth work in a variety of settings including schools, day camps, overnight camps, afterschool, clubs, and other learning environments.
4-H Creed: Learn by doing
4-H Mission Statement: 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
4-H Motto: To make the best better
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.