4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than 7 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities.

Birth of 4-H Youth Club in India

It takes us immense pleasure to announce the Birth of 4-H Youth Club in India, 4-H Club is the 112 years experienced organization that is working in 80 countries across the globe, this started in the United States Of America and spread across the world in the span of 112 years with the membership of millions. This club will help children to develop the overall skills that are needed in the day to day living without disturbing the regular school routine. Kids attending 4-H Club has shown much difference in their living then the non 4-Hrs

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than 7 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities. Fueled by university-backed curriculum, 4-H’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living, and food security.

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Competence

Advanced skills in some important subjects of interest.

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Confidence

willingness to take on new challenges, and to expect success (National 4-H Headquarter) (3).

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Character

clear, consistent moral precepts that effectively guide behavior.

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Connections

establishing and maintaining relationships at many levels (ibid.).

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Caring

willingness to respond to the needs and concerns of others.

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Contributions

making a difference in the lives of others through service (ibid.).

Who we are?

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth program in the United States with over 7 million members and 500,000 teen and adult volunteers. The organization serves millions of youth and adults each year, operating in over 80 countries (National 4-H Headerquarters 2004) (1).

The basic purpose of the 4-H program is to focus on the personal growth of youth. The organization provides a number of opportunities in areas such as communications, leadership, career development, livestock, home improvement, and computer technology. 4-H members learn from others, learn new life skills, and set and achieve goals. Each educational experience emphasizes self esteem, communication, and decision making (Gerdes and Clover 2001).

The first record of 4-H activity was in 1898 when Liberty Hyde Bailey of Cornell University assisted in the organization of nature study clubs in rural schools (Center for 4-H Youth Development). The idea was to provide hands-on learning as a compliment to public schooling that would connect education to country life (National 4-H Headerquarters 2004) (2).

4-H originated at the turn of the century because of a vital need to improve life in rural areas. By introducing improved methods of farming and homemaking, 4-H taught youth to learn through their own experience. Students participated in growing corn, planting gardens, testing soil, club meetings, and visits to club members’ plots and exhibits (Center for 4-H Youth Development).

During this time, researchers found that adult farmers were not receptive to new ideas and discoveries. However, youth were receptive, would experiment with new ideas, and then pass those ideas on the adults. 4-H became a way to teach new agriculture technology to adults through their children (National 4-H Headerquarters 2004) (2).

In 1907, 4-H began working under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act established Cooperative Extension, an organizational entity of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the land-grant college system. The Cooperative Extension Service conducted educational programs that were informal and problem-oriented in nature. Cooperative Extension provided the staff and support, which allowed the growth and success of the early 4-H program (Center for 4-H Youth Development).

Members

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth program in the United States with over 7 million members

Countries

operating in over 80 countries (National 4-H Headerquarters 2004)

Years of Experience

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth program in the United States with over 7 million members

Teens

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth program in the United States with over 7 million members

Importance

4-H Afterschool is an initiative striving to increase 4-H’s capacity to develop and implement after-school programs, including working with other youth-serving organizations to increase the quality and quantity of after-school programs within communities. The goal is to increase youth opportunities to have fun while developing life skills through hands-on learning in safe, healthy, and enriching environments (4-H Afterschool).

Researchers have found that young people who participate in 4-H after-school programs for a year or more fared better than their peers, including those in other programs. 4-H members are more likely to give money or time to charity; to help the poor, sick or others; to be looked up to as role models by other kids; to get more As in school more than those not in 4-H; and are more involved as leaders in school and community (Taylor and Flaherty 2001). 4-H youth also responded that they are more likely than their peers to talk to their parents about serious issues such as drugs, alcohol and sex. Youth said that 4-H brought them closer to their family and motivated them to be more helpful around the household (ibid).

This research shows that how kids spend their time outside of school is very important to their development. Kids who aren’t involved in constructive out-of-school youth development programs like 4-H are more likely to have problems in school, get lower grades, cheat on tests and experiment with drugs (ibid).

Important People Related to the Topic

Albert Belmont Graham (1868-1960)

In 1902, Graham founded the 4-H club program in Ohio and was a nationally acclaimed educator. He worked to develop an extension program at Ohio State and spent 22 years in the U. S. Department of Agriculture (Ohio 4-H 2004).

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Jim Davis (1945-)

Davis is a cartoonist best known for his Garfield comic strip that began in 1978 with 41 newspapers. Today that number is closer to 2,600 worldwide. Davis is a 4-H supporter and has often woven agricultural and rural themes into the comics, taking readers to the farm and beyond with Garfield. To celebrate the 4-H Centennial birthday, Davis created a special cartoon (Heald 2002).

Roy Rogers (1911-1998)

Rogers was a farm boy and active in 4-H. His names evokes