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About 4-H

4H emblemWhat is 4-H?

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. Over 230,000 members in the state of Florida help to make up the community of more than 6.5 million young people across America .
4-H is an non-formal, practical educational program for youth. Florida 4-H is the youth development program of Florida Cooperative Extension, a part of the University of Florida IFAS.


How did 4-H Originate?

4-H in Florida began in 1909 in several counties in north Florida.  4-H became an official part of the Cooperative Extension Service, along with agriculture and home economics, at about the time Cooperative Extension was officially established by the US Congress in 1914. Read more…

What do the four Hs stand for?

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Read more…

What is the 4-H emblem?

The 4-H emblem is one of the most recognized logos in America. It has proudly represented America’s largest youth organization for decades, and should always be presented and used in a respectful way. Read more…

What is the Mission of the Program?

The Florida 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach and caring adults to help youth gain the knowledge and life skills they need to be productive, responsible citizens.

To achieve its mission, 4-H accesses the expertise and resources of the University of Florida and a nationwide network of Cooperative Extension Service faculty and staff.

What is the Vision?

Florida 4-H aspires to be the leading youth development program that creates positive
change in youth, families, and communities.

 What is the Motto, the Slogan & the Pledge?

Motto – To make the best better.
Slogan – Learn By Doing.
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.

 Who can Join?

4-H is open to all youth, ages 5-18, determined as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year and open to all counties in the state of Florida. 4-H serves youth from all backgrounds and interests. It reaches both boys and girls through 4-H clubs, special-interest groups and short-term projects, school-age child care, individual and family learning and mentoring,camping, and school enrichment. Find a 4-H Office Near You. | View Age Requirements

 What are the Policies?

Policies offer valuable stability and support for 4-H programming. Florida 4-H has develped a policy manual that guides the operation of all Florida 4-H programming. Read more…

 What does 4-H Offer?

There are three primary program areas, or mission mandates, – science, citizenship, and healthy living. The educational foundation of 4-H lies in these three mission mandates.
These mandates reiterate the founding purposes of Extension (e.g., community leadership, quality of life, and technology transfer) in the context of 21st century challenges and
opportunities. View 4-H Programs…

 What is the 4-H Impact?

There are over 230,000 youth involved in 4-H and 4-H project areas in Florida. Read more…

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