Everyone has the capability for greatness, no matter how young they are. All it takes is the encouragement to unlock that greatness. 4-H is a group of youth organizations that want to help youth succeed. Through their special programs and positive engagement, 4-H teaches youth important life skills and principles. There is a wide variety of different programs offered by 4-H, from science to healthy living, to agriculture and technology. 4-H also has many clubs that allow for children to grow in different ways. Children and teens in these programs are given direction from adult mentors to inspire them to become leaders. Today, there are about 6 million members of 4-H in more than 50 countries!
4-H was founded way back in 1902, by a group of people living in different parts of America. The initial aim of 4-H was to promote firsthand learning, in order to incorporate education about country life in the classroom. Public and private resources helped to finance the organization's early programs. The founders of 4-H wanted to teach country youth about farming and farm management. A man named A. B. Graham started what’s considered one of the first 4-H programs in 1902, which was called "The Tomato Club" or the "Corn Growing Club". However, starting in the 1970s, 4-H expanded their objective to reach a bigger span of youth, and teach them more skills. Jessie Field Shambaugh created a clover-shaped pin with an H on each leaf in 1910(to represent the organization's original motto: "head, heart, hands, and health"), which led to the organization's name of 4-H in 1912.
As previously stated, 4-H offers many different youth programs. These programs are made possible because of the financial contributions of 100 public universities and many intelligent 4‑H volunteers and professionals. In these programs, children and teens learn new skills hands-on, and grow their confidence. 4-H programs can either be done at home, or at in-person or virtual clubs, camps, in-school and after-school programs. A mentor will help youth choose projects to do. These programs were created based on the idea that children are more likely to learn something if they do it.
Two areas of interest 4-H satisfies with its programs are STEM and agriculture. These programs give youth important skills they’ll take with them for the rest of their lives. Topics focused on in these programs include computer science, robotics, environmental science, agriculture-science, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and veterinary science. Skills and lessons taught in these programs include problem solving, conserving energy, and creative thinking.
4-H also offers healthy living programs. In these programs, youth are taught how to make healthier choices for themselves. Having the knowledge to be healthy will boost the well-being of youth, giving them the power to face life’s challenges head-on. Topics offered in the healthy living programs include social and emotional well-being, fitness, nutrition, and safety.
If you want your child to learn more about civic events and connection, you should sign them up for a 4-H civic engagement program. These programs teach youth how to take part in the affairs of their communities. Topics offered by these programs include leadership development, community action, and communication arts.
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