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4-H & Youth

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My 4-H


"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."

Caring adults work with 4-H'ers to provide positive learning opportunities

"4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills".

The 4-H Pledge: Head

Judge Trish Kolterman offers feedback to a 4-H'er in the Horse Showmanship contest at the Lancaster County Fair (photo left).


The pledge tells what 4-H is all about. 4-H has as its goal the four-fold development of youth: Head, Heart, Hands and Health.

"I pledge my head to clearer thinking . . . for my club, my community, my country and my world."


4-H promotes positive relationships with caring adults, a safe environment, opportunities for youth to think critically and develop mastery in skills that are relevant, and the ability to demonstrate their new skills in public service.

4-H projects encourage youth to use their imagination and creativity. Judging contests test the competitor's knowledge, speaking skills and decision-making abilities. 4-H camps and conferences provide young people with hands-on learning experiences in fun, interactive settings.

4-H members learn how to influence people and events through decision-making and action. By exercising independence through 4-H opportunities, youth mature in self-discipline and responsibility, learn to better understand themselves and become independent thinkers.

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