4-H

Jazmine Routin, writer

           4-H stands for Hands, Health, Head, and Heart. Their mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities to develop young people who will have a positive impact on their communities and the world. The vision for the 4-H program is that they strive to be the premier, community-based program empowering the youth to reach their full potential. 

          The objectives of the program leaders are outstanding.  They include leadership, initiative, self- reliance, sportsmanship, and etc. They would like their youths to understand and appreciate horsemanship and the honor of being able to own a horse. 4-H hopes to provide opportunities for educational experiences through the county, area, and state functions. The idea is to help the youth and their families to gain the skills they need to be a proactive force in their communities. 

        4-H has begun over 100 years ago. It has grown to be the largest youth development program in the nation. More than 6 million youth, 540,000 adults, 3,500  professionals, and 60 million alumni take part in this program. There are a lot of people who give up their time to work with these young kids to make sure they have the skills they need. They encourage the youth to get involved.

           In 1911, the four-leaf clover emblem was created as the official 4-H emblem to replace the previously used three-leaf clover. The four-leaf clover emblem was patented in by 1914. By 1924, 4-H clubs were formed and the clover emblem was adopted. A. B. Graham started a youth program in Clark County, Ohio, in 1902, which is considered the birth of 4-H in the united states. The first club was called “The Tomato Club” or the “Corn Growing Club”. Jessie Field Shambaugh developed the clover pin with an H on each leaf in 1910, and by 1912 they were called 4-H clubs. 

 

This information has been brought to you by the 4-H handbook, the Purdue Extension and the 4-H website.