National 4-H Makers

4-H Youth Development

Positive Youth Development is the framework by which all 4-H programs are developed and delivered. You will find professional development opportunities and resources in the six domains of the research based Professional Research Knowledge and Competencies Taxonomy (PRKC): youth development; program development; volunteerism; equity, access, and opportunity; partnerships; and organizational systems.
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  4-H Science

STEM4-H Science programs encourage youth with hands-on learning experiences to inspire young minds and help fill our nation’s shortage of young leaders proficient in science, engineering, and technology. Find resources to use with youth development professionals and volunteers to prepare them for 4-H Science programs.
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Volunteer with 4-H

With a rich history and an expansive network reaching every corner of the country, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.

4-H Mission

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

4-H Vision

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

The 4-Hs

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

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.

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