What is 4-H?
4-H is a community of young people across Kansas engaged in learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Caring adults who support our programs are essential for youth to achieve their potential. Adults can share guidance, knowledge and wisdom, as well as model respect and provide skills training.
4-H is a nationwide program. Each of the four H's of the clover represent ways youth can grow and develop.
- Head, critical thinking, problem solving;
- Heart, self-discipline, integrity, communication;
- Hands, serving others; and
- Health, choosing healthy lifestyles
AS EACH 4-H YEAR BEGINS, REMEMBER...
- 4-H youth are more important than the project exhibit itself.
- Learning how to do a project is more important than the project itself.
- To “learn by doing” through a useful work project is fundamental in any sound educational program, and is characteristic of the 4-H program.
- Generally speaking, there is more than one good way of doing most things.
- Our job is to teach 4-H members how to think, not what to think.
- Winning isn’t always measured by the results of the ribbon or judging event, but by the character of the 4-H’er, parent, and leader.
HOW DID 4-H BEGIN?
4-H began in the early 1900’s. The first groups were call Boys and Girls clubs. Girls participated in canning clubs, and boys participated in corn and pig clubs. In 1914, Congress passed an act that established Cooperative Extension and 4-H across the country. There were corn, poultry and garden clubs as early as 1905 in Kansas. The first county agents were hired about 1915 and the first State 4-H Program Leader was hired in 1916.
4-H has certainly changed since its early days! 4-H is no longer a program strictly for rural kids! While we embrace our rich history, 4-H has evolved to meet the needs of today’s youth. With learning experiences designed to develop boys and girls of all ages, there is something for everyone!