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What is 4-H?

4-H is the youth component of the Cooperative Extension System in the United States.  It serves young people in grades K-13 (one year out of high school).  These youth participate in individual and group learning opportunities in a safe environment that teach skills through an experiential process. Youth can learn important life skills like leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and communication to help prepare them for successful futures – and they do it while engaging in fun, hands-on 4-H activities!  4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization; in Wisconsin, more than 150,000 youth in urban, suburban and rural settings are involved with 4-H and other Extension youth programs.Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development’s 16,000 adult volunteers serve as mentors and role models for 4-H’ers.  They help provide a safe, interactive place for youth to take risks, practice their independence and master new skills.  And adults who volunteer for 4-H take a lot away from their experiences – volunteers learn and strengthen skills that help them in the workplace and become better connected to their communities.  Learn more about Wisconsin’s 4-H program.

  • 4-H Motto
    • “To make the best better.”
  • 4-H Colors
    • Green and White are the 4-H colors.  The 4-H Flag is a green clover with a white H on each leaf and a white background.
  • What do the 4-H’s stand for?
    • Head:  4-H’ers learn about new project areas, try new skills, and gain new knowledge and experience. 
    • Heart:  4-H’ers learn about who they are and what they stand for, along with gaining many new friends. 
    • Hands:  4-H’ers learn about helping their community and are involved in a wide variety of service projects. 
    • Health:  4-H’ers learn about healthy lifestyles and to make choices that will have a positive impact in their lives.
  • 4-H Pledge 
    • I pledge: 
      • My HEAD to clearer thinking (right hand points to forehead)   
      • My HEART to greater loyalty (right hand over heart) 
      • My HANDS to larger service (arms slightly bent, palms up) 
      • And my HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my county and my world (arms at side)
  • 4-H History 
    • Early 1900’s  Girls’ canning clubs and boys’ corn clubs began to develop
    • 1914  Smith-Lever Act was passed creating Cooperative Extension Service.
    • 1915  The first Wisconsin State Fair was organized in West Allis.
    • 1916  Wisconsin State 4-H Leader identified that green and white were the national colors
      and the four leaf clover was the emblem.
    • 1918  First State Club Week (State 4-H Congress) and the first county agent to  work with
    • 1920  The national motto was changed to “Make the Best Better.”
    • 1927  The 4-H pledge and motto were officially adopted nationally.
    • 1939  The 25th Anniversary of organized club work in Wisconsin.
    • 1941  Elizabeth Upham Davis and Caroline Upham Keene memorialized their parents by
      donating 310 acres near Wisconsin Dells to youth programs.
    • 1956  4-H bulletins now refer 4-H as a program for all youth, urban and suburban, village
      and farm.
    • 1962  Wisconsin’s 50th Anniversary of 4-H club work.
    • 1967  The 4-H program officially became known as the State 4-H Youth Development
    • 1969  Wisconsin 4-H initiated its involvement in the federally funded Expanded Food and
      Nutrition Education Program as a way to reach new groups.
    • 1983  Wisconsin 4-H reached over 100,000 young people.
    • 1991  A plan was introduced for integrating the experiential learning cycle into the 4-H
      Curriculum Handbook at a National 4-H Curriculum Conference.

What can we do in 4-H?

    • Participate in a 4-H club.
      4-H clubs are open to all youth in grades 5-year-old Kindergarten through one year past high school graduation. At club meetings members decide activities to do, which range from community service to fun educational experiences. 4-H clubs are run by elected youth members, offering a chance for youth to learn the important life skill of civic responsibility.
    • Bring projects to the Taylor County Fair.
      Participating in projects is a way for youth to master a specific subject area that they are interested in, and then have the opportunity for it to be evaluated by a judge at a county fair. Youth also gain hands-on experience and knowledge while having fun.
    • Participate in County, State or National Educational Travel Experiences, Camps, and Conferences with other youth.
      Visit our 4-H Trips page to see the list of opportunities.
    • Youth Leaders Organization (YLO).
      Youth in grades 6 and above are invited to join the YLO, a self-governing and funded organization. In this organization youth learn responsibility, leadership and life skills by participating in community service projects, team-building group activities and more.
    • The opportunities are endless!
      There are many more opportunities available to 4-H members, the best way to keep up to date with them all is to read the 4-H Newsletters and 4-H Email Blasts.

Enroll in 4-H

Visit our How to Join 4-H page to learn how to enroll.

4-H Families Resources

Contact our office for more information:

Julie Diepenbrock, Extension Taylor County 4-H Educator
(715) 748-3327 ext. 4

Cathy Mauer, Extension Taylor County Program Assistant
(715) 748-3327 ext. 3