4-H Youth Development


What is 4-H?

4-H is a non-formal educational program and an organization for youth, ages 5-19.  It is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, handicap, or place of residence.

4-H is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and by local government.  The 4-H youth program was created to bring the latest research knowledge generated at the land grant universities (Virginia Tech and Virginia State) to local communities.  Our goal is to help young people grow into capable, responsible, confident members of their communities by providing information, opportunities, activities, and events that are educational, developmental, and fun.

The 4-H motto is: “TO MAKE THE BEST BETTER.  The 4-H colors are green and white.  A green four-leaf clover with a white “H” on each cloverleaf is the 4-H emblem.  The official emblem is copyrighted and may be used only as approved by 4-H.  The 4-H slogan is “Learn by Doing.”

Spotsylvania County 4-H Clubs

A 4-H Club is an organized group of youngsters (ages 9-19) with elected officers and a planned program that is conducted throughout the year or the majority of the year. Clubs are lead by volunteer leaders and may focus on one or more project areas. Club officers conduct monthly organizational meetings. Members also participate in a variety of learning experiences in their organizational meeting as well as within their project meetings. Project meetings may be held as often as deemed necessary, but at least once a month.

4-H clubs may meet as neighborhood clubs, as after school clubs, or as within school clubs. The "key" is that all clubs should have officers, be managed by volunteers, meet over a sustained period of time, and are focused on positive youth development.