4-H Youth Development is a non-formal educational youth program, conducted
Learn by doing activities, youth-adult partnerships, and research-based educational programs help young people enhance their leadership abilities and develop a wide range of other life skills.
WHY: leadership/citizenship development; life skills education; strengthening youth-families-communities; advancing the field of youth development
HOW: experiential education ("learn by doing"); bridging research and practice; building partnerships for programming and funding; cross-age learning and teaching; youth-adult partnerships
WHERE: school enrichment programs; community clubs; special interest projects and programs; school-aged child care; camp experiences; independent study; distance learning
Enables all youth to reach their fullest potential through:
Developing citizenship, leadership, and life skills.
- Learning by doing.
- Utilizing the knowledge and resources of the land-grant university system.
- To have fun, meet new people, learn skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals!
4-H builds the leaders of tomorrow:
Members can range from age 5 to age 19.
4-H events and activites start on a community level, then move onto county, section, state, and national levels.
4-H offers a wide range of projects, programs and activities so every member can benefit through participation.
Exhibitors receive a ribbon award- purple, blue, red, white, or participation, according to the judging and age of member.
Parents, volunteers, community leaders, and 4-H staff share their time and talents with 4-H youth.
4-H activities can include:
- County 4-H Events.
- 4-H Camps.
- State 4-H Youth Gatherings.
- Collegiate 4-H at UC Davis and Cal Poly.
- Other 4-H Delivery Methods, such as after school programs.
"To make the best better"
Youth work on improving project work and building better clubs, communities, and schools.
As a True 4-H Member, I pledge
My head to clear 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.