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4-H Youth Development Program


Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program Mission Statement

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

4-H promotes hands-on learning and relies on parent and volunteer participation.  4-H welcomes youth and adult volunteers from all backgrounds in all locales (rural and urban).  4-H Club's are run with youth leadership and the help of one or more adult volunteers.  A Club usually has one meeting a month and is run by elected club officers.

Each Club offers one or more projects.  Projects are the heart of 4-H's hands-on learning.  Each project focuses on a topic -- anything from art to veterinary science -- including animal science, cooking, camping, geology, photography, and shooting sports.  There are thousands of different projects--your imagination is the only limit.  Projects are led by older youth and adult volunteers and generally meet one or more times a month. 

4-H Motto 
 "To Make The Best Better"

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.

4-H Emblem
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, 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.

Contact the Lake County 4-H Office at
nmgentry@ucanr.edu or call 707-263-6838.  In addition, you can visit the state 4-H website at ca4h.org. Download record book forms, find out about conferences, travel opportunities, and more!

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