What is 4-H?
Whether you are a first year 4-H club volunteer or returning for your 50+ year to lead your 4-H club team, you will be asked questions that require you to look inside the 4-H organization. Beyond the 4-H Pledge you recite at every club meeting you will need to share how 4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills through fun group experiences. Look into the H’s to discover why and how to make a 4-H volunteer difference.
You may be asked by a new member’s parent to share how your club puts into action the 4-H motto “To Make the Best Better” or to explain to a local stakeholder how 4-H is “Making a Difference” in your and your members’ lives. Here is some information to help you teach and engage your members, their families and the community in learning about the 4-H organization.
What’s inside the four “H’s”?
Head, Heart, Hands and Health serve as a friendly reminder of the 4-H Mission to create positive environments for diverse youth and adults to reach their fullest potential as capable, competent, caring and contributing citizens.
Your 4-H club serves as the primary outlet for developing the life skills and 4-H values centered within each “H”. Your knowledge of the entire 4-H organization’s structure will enable youth to access programs beyond the club and tap into a century of positive youth development experiences from NC Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Program.
What should I know about the 4-H organization?
1. Look inside the 4-H Organization’s Structure to discover your 4-H club’s connection to National 4-H Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, and your county commissioners.
2. Understand the Mission, Vision and Values of the National and Ohio 4-H Programs in order to achieve educational and organizational goals to positive youth development.
3. Value the importance of the Eight Key Elements to Positive Youth Development in all 4-H club experiences.
4. Find out North Carolina 4-H History to share with others, whether for a club meeting, a news paper release, a local exhibit or just for personal knowledge.
5. Learn the 4-H Pledge, how to teach the pledge using appropriate hand motions and how to put the pledge to work for your club and members’ personal and team achievements.
6. Recognize the 4-H Motto, Colors, Creed and Emblem and learn how the emblem is protected and its use restricted under Federal law.