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About 4-H

Why choose 4-H?

The work 4-H does in the community has positively impacted youth development. For example, California 4-H alumni were 1.8 times more likely to graduate with a bachelor’s degree compared to the general population. Also, California 4-H alumni were more satisfied with their mental and emotional health (76%) compared to the general population (57%).


Research has found that 4-H members are 

  • 1.7 times as likely to plan to take courses or pursue a career in science, engineering or technology
  • 1.9 times more likely to earn higher grades in school
  • 2 times more likely to engage in after-school science, engineering or computer technology programs
  • 2 times more likely to have higher civic identity and engagement
  • 3.4 times more likely to actively contribute to their communities

4-H Vision

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

4-H Mission & Mission Areas


The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program engages youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.

Primary Mission Areas


Our hands-on projects fall under four primary areas. We provide meaningful opportunities for youth and adults to work together to create sustainable community change.

  • Civic Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Healthy Living
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

4-H Motto and Creed

Motto Creed

“To Make the Best Better.” 


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, plan and to reason.

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

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

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

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

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

4-H Emblem


The official emblem is green with white H's - the 4-H colors. The white symbolizes purity. The green represents nature's most common color and is emblematic of youth, life and growth. The 4-H flag consists of a green, four-leaf, stemmed clover on a white background. The clover has a letter “H” in white or metallic gold on each leaf. The H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health.


The 4-H emblem symbolizes the aim and desired results of effective learning for each individual.

HEAD - Problem solving: ability to sort out complex problems.
HEART - Emotional development: developing good attitudes toward work and learning; developing acceptance and appreciation of other people. 
HANDS - Skills development: ability to do, skill in doing and habit of doing. 
HEALTH - Physical development: understanding and appreciating a growing and changing body.