4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. 4-H reaches out to kids and their families to build skills for real life. There are over a hundred different hands-on projects offered. Contact your county extension office to learn how you can become a part of 4-H!

The 4-Hs

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four H’s in 4-H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Managing, Thinking
Relating, Caring
Giving, Working
Being, Living

4-H Mission

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

Washington State 4-H Youth Development education creates supportive environments for all youth and families to reach their fullest potential. This will be accomplished through a systemic approach of foundation and mission driven science to meet our goals to:

  • provide formal and non-formal experiential learning,
  • develop skills that benefit youth throughout life,
  • foster leadership and volunteerism in youth and adults,
  • build internal and external partnerships for programming and funding,
  • strengthen families and communities,
  • employ research based knowledge and the land grant university system, and
  • embrace and expand the traditions of the 4-H Youth Program.

4-H Vision

A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.

Washington State University 4-H Youth Development is developing young people to become productive citizens who are engaged in positive change, meeting the needs of a diverse and changing society.

Join 4-HGive to 4-HLearn More (National 4-H Website)

Want to show support for 4-H wherever you go? You can purchase a 4-H license plate for your car! $28 of each license fee goes to support 4-H in Washington. Click here for more information: WA DOL

4-H license plate

Plates can be made with a custom message for a personal touch!

Learn more about the History of 4-H through a Historical Timeline.

Watch this video to learn more about 4-H:

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