To make the best better; its pledge is
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.A national 4-H congress is held annually, and other national and state conferences and events are also held.
Developed between 1902 and 1919 to enable rural youth to
learn by doing, the American 4-H program is run by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, with the aid of state land-grant colleges and universities and the nonprofit National 4-H Council. Since World War II, 4-H has expanded its programs to include young people living in the nation's cities and suburbs, as well as military bases worldwide, and a third of all members now in live cities and suburbs with populations greater than 50,000. The 4-H movement also has grown to include cross-cultural exchange and training programs with similar groups in more than 80 countries. There are more than 6.5 million members in the United States.
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