What is 4-H?
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. 4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.
The Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program components are Clover Sprout (K – 4th), Cloverleaf (5th – 6th), Junior (7th – 8th), and Senior (9th – 12th).
Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension 4-H Program areas include:
- Science, Engineering and Technology
- Healthy Living
- Workforce Preparation/Entrepreneurship
Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4-H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.
- Head – Managing, Thinking
- Heart – Relating, Caring
- Hands – Giving, Working
- Health – Being, Living
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.
The 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 Science Program
The 4-H Science Program aligns with the National 4-H Science mandate to address the increased demand for science and technology professionals. The program is for 5th through 12th graders. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of youths pursuing college degrees and careers in science, engineering and technology.
4-H Workforce Preparation Program
The 4-H Workforce Preparation Program is for 9th through 12th graders who learn pre-employment skills and basic employable skills, explore career opportunities and gain experience within the workforce.
The Entrepreneurship Program is for 5th through 12th graders. The program provides participants an opportunity to learn self-marketing skills and financial literacy education to prepare them for social and economical challenges.
4-H Healthy Living Program
The 4-H Healthy Living Program is for 5th through 12th graders. It aligns with the National 4-H Healthy Living mandated areas of health: physical activity, nutrition, social-emotional well-being, unintentional accidents, safety and alcohol/tobacco/drugs. This program focuses on teaching healthy lifestyle education and improving overall health, well-being and quality of life.
4-H Citizenship Program
The 4-H Citizenship Program is for 5th through 12th graders who gain leadership and citizenship skills that will prepare them for social and economical challenges.
The 4-H Citizenship subject areas are:
- Civic Engagement: voice, advocacy, activism, deliberative and informed decision making
- Service: community service, service learning and community youth development
- Civic Education: government principles, processes and structures, personal roles and responsibilities, history and cultural heritage, global understanding
- Personal Development: leadership, mutual respect and understanding, character development, critical thinking and problem solving
4-H Science and Technology Summer Camp
The 4-H Science and Technology Summer Camp is for 5th through 8th graders. This camp prepares participants to meet the science, engineering and technology challenges of the 21st century. Youths become engaged in the process of discovery and exploration related to science, engineering and technology education.