About 4-H Youth Development


4-H grows … in Delaware

At 4-H, we believe in the power of young people to make a difference. We are America’s largest youth development and youth mentoring organization – empowering almost six million kids with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

In partnership with 110 universities, 4-H programs are research-backed and available through 4-H clubs, camps, after-school and school enrichment programs in every county and parish in the U.S.

4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA.

About us

Who is in charge of Delaware 4-H?

4-H is sponsored in Delaware by the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. Nationally, it is part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The people in charge locally are the Extension agents of the Cooperative Extension System.

What do the H’s stand for?

Head, Heart, Hands and Health… forms the 4-H member’s pledge.

My head to clearer thinking,

my heart to greater loyalty,
my hands to larger service,
my health to better living.
For my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Promesa 4H

Prometo usar mi mente para pensar con más claridad,

mi corazón para ser más leal,
mis manos para ser más servicial,
mi salud para cuidarme más,
por mi club, mi comunidad, mi país y mi mundo.

What is the 4-H emblem?

A green four-leaf clover with a white “H” on each clover leaf. The official emblem is copyrighted and may be used only as approved by 4-H.

Why do people like 4-H?

They have fun with friends at meetings, social activities, tours, camps and fairs. They learn to do interesting things, such as taking care of growing things like animals and plants, redecorating their rooms, fixing their bikes, taking pictures, practicing cooking and much more. Some help others with 4-H educational programs.

What is the history of 4-H in Delaware?

The first 4-H club in Delaware was organized in 1915. 

4-H is for girls and boys who are 5- to 19-years-old in the current calendar year. It is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, color, sex or place of residence.

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