4-H Youth Development
What Is 4-H?
4-H is a voluntary, informal education program for boys and girls who are ages 9-19 by September 30 of the current year. 4-H is open to everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. Additionally, 4-H Cloverbuds is a program for youth ages 5-8 by September of the current year.
Isn’t 4-H just for children who live on a farm?
No! 4-H is for all youth regardless of where they live. 4-H serves youth from all backgrounds and interests. Today in Virginia, 4H members are from urban and rural areas. They participate in projects addressing life skills and other important issues, as well as agriculture-related areas.
“To Make the Best Better”
The white in the 4-H flag symbolizes purity. The green, nature’s most common color, is emblematic of life, springtime, and youth.
The 4-H emblem is a four-leaf clover with the letter “H” on each leaf. The four H’s represent the four-fold development of head, heart, hands, and health.
Head – mental development; deeper knowledge, reasoning
Heart – emotional development; developing interest, appreciation, and wholesome attitudes
Hands – skills development; ability to do, skill in doing, and habit of doing
Health – physical development; understanding and appreciating a growing and changing body
The mission of 4-H is to assist youth and adults working with those youth to gain additional knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will further their development as self-directing, contributing and productive members of society.
Every 4-H member and leader should know and be able to repeat the 4-H Pledge. The 4-H Pledge is said after the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States. The 4-H Pledge is:
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 Delivery Modes
In-school 4-H Clubs (4th and 5th grades)
After-school Science Clubs
Special Interest 4-H Clubs
Presentation and Public Speaking Contest
State 4-H Congress
4-H Clubs in Mecklenburg County
4-H Cooking Club
4-H Shooting Education Club
Hayburners 4-H Horse Club
Brunswick/Mecklenburg 4-H Livestock Club
Robotics 4-H Club
Open Door Mission 4-H Club
4-H Poultry Club
Fur & Feathers 4-H Club