Welcome to 4-H!
In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every youth has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people around the world, 4-H type clubs now exist in at least 82 countries.
What is 4-H
4-H is the youth development education program of Washington State University Extension, which is conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, your state land grant university (WSU) and Kitsap County. Today 4-H is everywhere–in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. In the 21st century, 4-H serves a broad clientele with expanded program using a variety of ways to “learn by doing.”
Who can join 4-H
4-H is open to every youth, ages 5-19, without discrimination!
There are four age groups* in which you can do a wide variety of projects and activities:
- Cloverbuds: ages 5-7
- Junior: ages 8-10
- Intermediate: ages 11-13
- Senior: ages 14 to less than 19
Shooting sports and large animal projects require youth to be at least 8 years of age to participate.
*4-H “age” is determined by the age of the youth by October 1st of the current 4-H year.
What Youth Learn in 4-H
- Friendship skills
- Citizenship & Service
- Public speaking
- Record keeping
- Goal setting
- Life skills
THE 4-H MOTTO
“MAKE THE BEST BETTER”
We’ve been given great opportunities, friends, caring adults, and resources. In 4-H we try to use these gifts as best as we can to help create a better, more positive future for ourselves and others… oh, and we have lots of fun while we do so!
The 4-Hs stand for HEAD, HEART, HANDS, & HEALTH. With our full selves we have fun creating POSITIVE CHANGE in our world. There’s even a 4-H pledge about how we help to create this change:
THE 4-H MISSION
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
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.
THE 4-H APPROACH
“LEARN BY DOING”
4-H uses an experiential learning model, which means we “learn by doing” through hands-on experiences, whether it’s learning to build a robot, care for a horse, or do great photography, 4-H volunteer leaders and staff make sure that youth have a safe place to dive right into what they want to learn! And, once we dive in, we always take time to share so that we can take our experiences to deeper levels of understanding.
THE “ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS” OF 4-H
BELONGING – MASTERY – INDEPENDENCE – GENEROSITY
The Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development are basic principles upon which the 4-H Youth Development Program operates. Incorporating these elements enables the 4-H Program to focus on positive outcomes desired for youth; provide programs for all young people; view youth as central actors in their own development; and consider the development of the whole young person.
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