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.

 4-H Motto

“To Make the Best Better”

4-H Colors

The white in the 4-H flag symbolizes purity.  The green, nature’s most common color, is emblematic of life, springtime, and youth.

4-H Emblem

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

4-H Mission

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.

4-H Pledge

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:

“I pledge

            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

Community Clubs

Project Clubs

Special Interest 4-H Clubs


Field Trips

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