4-H and Youth Development

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Why Should I Enroll My Family in 4-H?
4-H is the youth development program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service that focuses on the needs, concerns & interests of youth. Its aim is to help youth gain a positive self-concept, rational social behavior, knowledge and problem-solving capabilities through planned individual projects, meetings, group activities and participation in different events. Members develop new skills, learn cooperation, develop leadership abilities, improve their citizenship and have fun.

What are the Participation Avenues in 4-H?
Youth can participate in 4-H programs via 4-H clubs, short term groups, 4-H clover kids and 4-H activities.

4-H Clubs Organized groups that meet at regularly scheduled times with one or more volunteer leaders and elected youth officers.  4-H clubs normally meet once a month.  Several types of clubs can be organized:  community or neighborhood clubs, project clubs organized around a common interest, and/or school clubs which are organized in public or private schools.
Short-Term Groups Projects that are completed in 6 or more meetings.  Each group works on a specific topic or project.  Groups work under the supervision of an adult volunteer or teen leader.  Two major types of short-term groups are school curriculum enrichments and special interest projects which are usually organized for the duration of the project.
Clover Kids This program is affiliated with 4-H and is specially designed for youth ages 5 to 8.  A “4-H Clover Kids” group can be organized within a regular 4-H club.  Clover Kids groups have a non-competitive focus which is the most developmentally appropriate.
Activities Many types of activities and projects are available to members.  Each 4-H member is expected to complete at least one Extension-sponsored project each year.  In addition to project activity, 4-H youth are expected to participate in club organization and management, community service or service leaning projects and leadership development.

Who Sponsors 4-H?
Joint sponsors include land grant universities of each U.S. state, the Extension Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, and county commissioner’s courts. Private donors also provide financial/in-kind support. While volunteers are the cornerstone of the 4-H program in the community, they conduct educational activities with youth and serve in other specialized roles. Orientation and assistance with the total 4-H program is provided by county Extension educators/agents in each county. State and area 4-H & Youth development specialists also support county staff with materials as well as technical and management assistance.

4-H Emblem & Colors
The 4-H club emblem is a four-leaf clover with the letter “H” on each leaf. The four “H’s” stand for head, heart, hands, and health. The leaves of the clover are green and the “H’s” are white. The white is for purity. Green is nature’s most common color and is symbolic of youth, life and growth.

4-H Motto
“To Make the Best Better”

4-H Pledge
“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 Prayer
Help me, O Lord, to live so that the world may be a little better because Thou didst make me.

Locate a 4-H Club Close to You!
Come on and join 4-H! It’s fun! If you’re in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade, you can be in Clover Kids. From third grade to age 19, you can be in 4-H!  Click here to download & print the 2013-14 4-H Club Listing.  Club meeting locations & times are noted.  Choose which would be more convenient for your family and contact the manager to confirm their next meeting date.

Once you find your club, you will then need to Enroll via 4-H Connect.
4-H Connect was introduced in 2005 and was uniquely designed to allow 4-H members and adults to register on-line while maintaining contact with the county, district, and state offices through the certification process.  As the Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program continues to develop this broad based 4-H management system, we ask for your support and your positive feedback for how the program can provide your county the management needs, for the ultimate benefit of the youth of Texas.

Click here for the 4-H Enrollment Help Sheet.

The Texas A&M University System, U. S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissions Courts of Texas Cooperating. Educational programs of Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any Extension activities, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office for assistance eight days prior to activity.

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