"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 is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills".
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 heart to greater loyalty, . . . for my club, my community, my country and my world."
Pledging your heart to greater loyalty requires commitment, faithfulness, understanding and caring. These are the building blocks of a productive, rewarding life. They are also at the center of 4-H programs and activities.
In 4-H, young people learn the value of helping others. They learn to become concerned, productive citizens by understanding the history and character of their communities and donating their time to community service protects. They learn to nurture relationships, both human and animal, based on trust, responsibility, respect and understanding. They discover the importance of cooperating with others, sharing experiences, appreciating diversity and setting goals.
4-H helps youth develop the social skills necessary to become capable, compassionate adults.