The 4-H Emblem is a four-leaf clover with the letter "H" on each leaf. The four "H"s stand for: HEAD HEART, HANDS, and HEALTH.
The leaves of the clover are green and the "H"s are white. The white is for purity; green is nature's most common color and symbolizes youth, life and growth.
Whether youth participate in clubs, after school programs, day camps, or in other program settings, the 4-H Youth Development Program's mission and goals remain the same to help youth develop to their full potential!
4-H Youth Development is a nonformal educational youth program, conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension. The purpose of 4-H Youth Development is to help diverse young people discover and develop their potential and grow into competent, contributing, and caring citizens. Learn by doing activities, youth-adult partnerships, and research-based educational programs help young people enhance their leadership abilities and develop a wide range of other life skills.
- WHY: leadership/citizenship development; life skills education; strengthening youth-families-communities; advancing the field of youth development
- HOW: experiential education ("learn by doing"); bridging research and practice; building partnerships for programming and funding; cross-age learning and teaching; youth-adult partnerships
- WHERE: school enrichment programs; community clubs; special interest projects and programs; school-aged child care; camp experiences; independent study; distance learning