About 4-H

4-H is part of University of Missouri Extension and is publicly supported by county, state and federal governments as well as private resources, both human and financial.

Missouri 4-H is a lot about 4-H clubs, but there’s a lot more to it too. It's about young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be future leaders — from both rural and urban areas.

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    4-H motto

    To make the best better.

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    4-H pledge

    I pledge:
    My HEAD to clearer thinking,
    My HEART to greater loyalty,
    My HANDS to larger service, and
    My HEALTH to better living
    for my club, my community, my country and my world.

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    4-H slogan

    Learn to do by doing

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    4-H colors

    The white in the 4-H flag symbolizes purity. The green, nature's most common color, represents life, springtime and youth.

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    4-H club creed

    I believe in 4-H club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.

    I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, to plan, and to reaso

    I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to become kind, sympathetic and true.

    I believe in the training of my HANDS for the dignity it will give me to be helpful, useful and skillful.

    I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, resist disease and work efficiently.

    I believe in my country, my state, my community and in my responsibility for their development.

    In all of these things, I believe, and I am willing to dedicate my efforts for their fulfillment.

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    Our mission

    Engaging youth as valued, contributing members of their communities in partnership with caring adults.

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    Our vision

    A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together for positive change.

    4-H is for all youth in both rural and urban settings.
    4-H is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States.
    4-H youth programming results in competent, capable, caring, contributing youth.

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    Facts about Missouri 4-H

    • 104,157 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 participated in a 4-H education program.
    • One out of every ten Missouri young people were touched by 4-H.
    • Nearly 11,359 young people and adults volunteer in Missouri; their devoted time was valued at $38.2 million.
    • The Missouri 4-H Foundation raised $798,424 from private sources, member fees and investment income to support Missouri 4-H programs. The Foundation also provided 60 college scholarships, each ranging from $500 to $2,500.

The synergy of effective past and present programs, dedicated volunteers and spirited young people will only continue to enforce our vision of a world in which both young people and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.