Alamance County 4-H
C O O P E R A T I V E E X T E N S I O N A L A M A N C E C O U N T Y
COUNTY 4-H IS:
What is 4-H?
• Partially funded by
United Way, fund- 4-H is a fun and educational into a demanding schedule. their parents with over 200
raisers, and private program in which participants Often, parents spend time projects and activities that
donors. “Learn by Doing.” This pro- driving their children from are designed to help you
gram is designed for boys and one activity to another and learn and grow together.
• For boys and girls girls anywhere from age 5 all miss out on time spent to- Imagine the fun in developing
the way up to 19 years old. gether. 4-H works to solve interests and hobbies as a
• For ages 5 - 19 Activities and programs will this problem. We encourage family.
vary depending on age and family involvement in 4-H. You and your family can take
• Free to join!
ability level. It’s not just a youth organiza- part in 4-H by joining one of
• For Spanish Infor- One other great thing about tion, it’s a family organization. the clubs located throughout
4-H is that it’s FREE! There That’s one of the reasons we Alamance County or by
mation - see Page 5
are no uniforms that you are one of the largest national forming a new club. Learn
have to wear either. All you youth organizations in the more about how to get in-
need is an interest in some- country. volved in the “Clubs“ section.
thing—4-H will help you de- 4-H provides children and 4-H is open to all youth re-
What is 4-H? 1 velop that interest. gardless of race, color, creed,
Not just farms any- 1 4-H knows your family is im- national origin, sex, or dis-
more ... portant to you. We also abilities.
4-H in Alamance
know how difficult it is to fit
work, family, and home life
Did you know…? 2
4-H Facts 2
Clubs-How do they
Not just farms anymore...
4-Hers say… 3
For a century, 4-H has led The 4-H Youth Development The 4-H Youth Development
Research says… 3
communities and their lead- Movement spans all of Program is active in all 50
Who are 4-H Volun- 4
ers in recognizing the power America—from family farms states in the US and many
teers? countries in the nation. As
of America’s youth. Today, to urban centers. Acting on
more than 6.8 million youth, a commitment to inclusivity part of the US Department of
The Future 4 ages 5-19 are involved in 4-H and collaboration, today’s 4- Agriculture and the Coopera-
educational programs ranging H program shows more than tive Extension System of state
How can I join? 5
from aerospace to zoology. 35% of 4-H Participants living land-grant universities and col-
List of Alamance 5
These “learn by doing” edu- in urban communities and leges, the 4-H Youth Develop-
County 4-H Clubs ment Program is built on the
cational experiences provide 30% representing minority
What is 4-H Word 6 young people with the skills racial, cultural and ethnic nation’s best research, educa-
Search they need to be successful populations. tion, and practice.
What does Alamance Co. 4-H do?
Alamance County 4-H -Embryology term (day) summer camp
offers a variety of pro- (school enrichment pro- programs
grams for youth to partici- ject) -Nutrition Fair
pate in throughout the
-4-H Community Clubs Youth create a dish and
year. Here are some of
those opportunities: Clubs of 5 or more youth share the food and knowl-
and at least 1 adult, rep- edge gained with judges
resenting different inter- and peers.
(to celebrate all that 4- est groups -Adult/Youth Volunteer-
Hers have accomplished
throughout the year) -Community Service ism
Projects Teaching and growing to-
-Project Record Books
Participation in local or gether
(encourages record keep-
state wide missions such -Fundraisers
ing and is a great way to
as Big Sweep Carwashes, Wreath sales,
keep track of all they do
during the year) Presentations
- Plant Sales etc.
-4-H Shines (public speaking) -Exchange programs
(Talent & Fashion Show) -Summer Fun Welcoming youths from
Educational and fun short around the world for a few
“4-H is weeks or a year.
Did you know?
- towns, cities, • 4-H is the world’s for youth ages 5-19? churches, homes,
largest youth serving • 4-H offers more than etc.?
farms, suburbs, organization with 200 projects and ac- • 4-H is FUN!
over 6 million partici- tivities to choose
pants nationally? • 4-H is research
schools, from? based?
• 4-H involves all 50 • 4-H is EVERY-
states and over 80 • 4-H curriculum
churches, countries worldwide?
WHERE - towns,
cities, farms, sub-
• 4-H has opportunities urbs, schools, opportunities?
Colors: clearer thinking, my heart The 4 H's:
Green & White to greater loyalty, my Head-for learning new
hands to larger service, things
Motto: and my health to better
“To Make the Best Better” living for my club, my Heart-for developing rela-
4-H Pledge: community, my country
Supported by United Way and my world. Hands-for service
I pledge my head to
Health-for well being
ALAMANCE COUNTY 4-H
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PAGE 3
Clubs—How do they work?
It is up to the porter, giving youth the opportu-
4-H Teens clubs to decide nity to practice leadership.
in Action how often they A typical club meeting would
Club volun- meet or if there begin with a call to order,
teering and is a club focus, pledges, thought for the day, roll
making such as bicy- call, and reading of the minutes.
memories cle or health or Then old and new business
animals. Each would be addressed, followed “4-H is
club comes up with a cal- by the program. The program
All it takes to start a club is 5 endar that shows what their
young people between the programs are during the year.
would be on whatever the club great and
decides. This could be a tour,
ages of 5 and 19 and at least Clubs are also a great way to community service, working on
one young at heart, caring meet new people and de- a project or sharing things they I like my
adult. Clubs can meet as velop life skills. Clubs are have done. Club meetings gen-
much as once a week or as structured by installing offi-
little as 9 times a year. They cers once a year, usually a
erally last an hour to and hour new
and a half. Refreshments and
are volunteer led with a youth president, vice president, recreation usually conclude the
leadership structure. treasurer, secretary and re- meeting. friends….
“I had been involved with 4-H 4-H was when I went to bulbs and help feed hungry
for 8 years and learned about camp. I had a great time, people. I did my first presen-
presentations, made lots of learned how to ride a horse, tation on my favorite subject
friends in camp and all over climbed a wall, swam a lot and won a silver medal at
the NW District. I also re- and made many new friends”. District Activity Day! 4-H is
ceived a 4-H Scholarship for Jessica D. great and I like my new
College. My experience in 4- friends, we do a lot together.
H has been great and I rec- “ I joined a 4-H Club and we Hannah G.
ommend it highly”. Nolan H. participated with many Com-
munity Service Projects,
“The first time I learned about where I learned how to plant
• Extracurricular activi- • Youth who spend 1 to 4 • Club involve-
ties/clubs have been hours weekly in extracurricu- ment has
shown to have a posi- lar activities/clubs are 49% been shown to diminish
tive effect on academic 4-H Summer
less likely to use drugs and the likelihood of students’
performance. (Marsh, are 37% less likely to be- dropping out of school. Camp
1993; Camp 1990) come a teen parent. (US (Mahoney & Cairns, 1997)
Dept. HHS, 1996)
Who are 4-H Volunteers?
Volunteers are people als and leaders in the 4- teers, and the 4-H
like you and me. H program. program in general.
4-H is operated by vol- • Volunteers structure • Extension profession-
unteers under the guid- group learning ex- als teach volunteers
ance of extension pro- periences for youths to use subject matter,
fessionals and staff. A using the social and educational methods,
necessary corollary of behavioral sciences. and the democratic
the youth development process to achieve
• Volunteers render
goal is the development human development
services in support of
4-H Leaders of volunteers as individu- objectives.
4-H’ers, other volun-
We believe that commu- We believe in the value of We believe that devel-
“We nity volunteers are a vital human diversity to en- oping leadership in
believe key to 4-H success. courage respect for cul- youth makes for a better
that tural diversity and chang- tomorrow.
We believe that respect ing communities.
developing for the individual fosters a We believe that re-
leadership caring attitude toward We believe in teamwork search and knowledge,
others. to achieve our objectives. supported by our public
in youth universities, provides 4-
makes for We believe in the continu- We believe that learning H with a valid basis for
ous development of through discovery will our youth development
Head, Heart, Hands, and make learning a lifelong methods.
tomorrow.” Health to help youths activity.
achieve their full potential.
• helping young people become lifelong
4-H will de- learn to live. learners.
velop youth • helping young people • helping young peo-
potential to learn to make a living. ple recognize the
make our value of volunteer-
• helping young people
state a bet- ing and service to
learn to make our
ter place others.
• helping young people
ALAMANCE COUNTY 4-H
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Alamance County 4-H How can I join?
Beth Bruton There are lots of different ways to get involved in 4-H:
Extension Agent • Join a 4-H club
4-H Youth Development • Start your own 4-H club - it just takes 5 youth
209 N. Graham-Hopedale Rd.
and one adult
Burlington, NC 27217
• Enroll as a member at large
Fax: 336-570-6689 • School Enrichment projects
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Summer Fun
Make the best better with Alamance
Employment and program opportunities are offered to all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. North Carolina State
University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.
Otras publicaciones de Exten-
sión Cooperativa en
El lema de 4-H
Colores y emblema de 4-H
“Superar lo mejor”
El emblema de 4-H es un trébol de cuatro hojas con la letra
“H” en cada hoja. Las cuatro haches significan lo siguiente
en inglés: head (cabeza), heart (corazón), hands (manos) y La promesa de 4-H
health (salud). Las hojas del trébol son verdes y las haches
son blancas. El color blanco representa pureza. El verde es “Yo prometo:
el color más común en la naturaleza y significa juventud,
vida y crecimiento. Mi cabeza para pensar claramente,
El Nombre y el Emblema de 4-H pertenecen al Programa Mi corazón para mayor lealtad,
4-H de Desarrollo Juvenil bajo la autoridad de USDA. Es
un emblema protegido federalmente por el Congreso de los Mis manos para dar mayor servicio y
EE.UU. bajo el código “18 4SC707.”
Mi salud para vivir mejor,
En los países de habla hispana en donde se han esta-
blecido programas 4-H, la organización se conoce con el para mi club, mi comunidad, mi país
nombre de 4-S. Cada letra significa lo siguiente: (S) Salud,
(S) Saber (S) Sentir y (S) Servir. y mi mundo.”
N L J A L D O X H H A R N S O W A Y S H
D O Z L P E P N T T H B P U P Y P Q N A
X G I R L S A K L U I M U M D F V X O N
L O H H N B M D A O L N Y M K D F U I D
EDUCATIONAL, Q N B P S I E G E Y U W M E F P M O T S
FASHION, FRIEND- H S M X K A A T H R O U Z R I B J H A K
SHIPS, GIRLS, E I N N N J F S I L S P A C D B A Z T X
GREEN, HANDS, C L K Q F I L U B H L H H A K T D J N H
HEAD, HEALTH, N P N R A E L D Z A W S I M T M V R E A
H Y K M Z W Y K N C F S O P F O I A S N
C C L A E H X O X G M H V J L O R B E D
SUMMERCAMP, Y H J D L J I G D O Z A O U S T W Q R C
SUMMERFUN, A C E M U T F X R F S O N T E K B S P A
TALENT, VOLUN- N H K A A D N D X E Z T A A T O B U B O
TEERS, WHITE, O S U C D T N U F R E M M U S U E Q G J
F P U H N K U Z M E J N F T L Q T Q W K
N D L E M V N V R K Y S T C B O Y S N L
E G L L N I X S P Z L M O J N R X S Y J
B A A U P M P R K W Y I R R I H X U L P
T Z S N D F R I E N D S H I P S K S H X
Cooperative Extension Service
209-C N. Graham-Hopedale Rd
Burlington, NC 27217