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About 4-H

4-H is the non-formal educational youth development program of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the Florida Extension Service. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development program, annually reaching approximately 6.5 million young people, and the only one that is university based.  check out our 4-H 101 Prezi presentation here.

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The purpose of 4-H is to help youth become productive members of society. The educational programs help youth develop inquiring minds, learn practical skills, strengthen decision making abilities, develop youth-adult partnerships, improve communications and interpersonal relationships, and ultimately share their skills and experience in leadership roles. Through hands-on, learn-by-doing activities, youth establish real-life goals and develop important life skills.


4-H is for all youth ages 5-18 – both rural and urban from all racial, cultural, economic and social backgrounds. It reaches youth in a variety of ways: as members of organized community 4-H clubs, as participants in special interest groups, or through school enrichment programs. As members of the Florida 4-H program, youth are provided opportunities for a multitude of awards, trips and scholarships. They participate in these recognition programs through enrollment in 4-H projects which can range in subject matter from the environment to entomology, aerobics to archery, skating to shooting sports, or bicycles to beef.

4-H Colors

Green and White

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 county and my world

4-H Motto

To make the best better

4-H Slogan

Learn by doing

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