UGA Extension Office

4-H Youth Development


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4-H Basics

What is 4-H? The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth  in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished, through “hands on” learning experiences, focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Exploring and discovering, encouraging and challenging, that's what Georgia 4-H is all about. As a program of UGA Extension, 4-H is part of the nationwide Extension network.

4-H'ers are known for sharing their research-based knowledge and technology to people where they live and work.

Why 4-H?
Our youth develop many workforce skills including leadership, decision-making, record keeping, public speaking, and teamwork. 

Who is eligible?
Any youth, ages 9-19, may join.
•4-H'ers in grades 4-6 are referred to as Cloverleafs.
•4-H'ers in grades 7-8 are referred to as Juniors.
•4-H'ers in grades 9-12 are referred to as Seniors.

Where do we meet?
Many 5th and 6th grade students participate in monthly in-school club meetings. However, we also host after school club meetings:  See monthly calendar for more information regarding dates and meetings.  

How much does it cost?
There is no charge for general membership. Optional events, activities and some clubs may have a nominal charge.

Can parents be involved?
Of course! Parents are an important part of 4-H activities and are always welcome. Additional costs at events may apply.

How do I stay in touch?
The newsletter for the Irwin County 4-H program is found on our website. It is published once per month and contains pertinent information for our members, leaders, and parents and serves as the primary means of communication regarding 4-H activities and events. 

4-H Terms

4-H Colors: The 4-H colors are green and white. Green represents life, springtime, and youth. The white symbolizes purity.

4-H Pledge: Written by Otis Hall, the 4-H Pledge is as follows.

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.

4-H Slogan: The 4-H slogan is “Learn by Doing”. This slogan is a constant incentive to motivate 4-H'ers to strive toward acquiring new skills and knowledge.

4-H Motto: The 4-H motto is “To Make the Best Better”. This motto helps to encourage 4-H'ers not to settle for the present but to always strive to make things better.

4-H Symbol: The 4-H symbol is a green 4 leaf clover with a white H on each leaf representing head, heart, health and hand.

Irwin County 4-H Agent