4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
What it Was
When 4-H Clubs first started in 1905, just about everyone lived on farms. The first clubs were known as Corn Clubs for boys and Tomato Clubs for girls. Boys in the Corn Club would try to grow an acre of the biggest ears of corn. The girls would grow, harvest and can tomatoes from their family’s vegetable garden. Growing corn and canning tomatoes was not a game to these young people, their learning benefited the entire family.
These pioneer 4-H’ers learned from adults who worked with the corn and tomato clubs. The clubs became known as 4-H Clubs. The adults were County Extension Agents.
What it Is
4-H is an educational program teaching leadership, citizenship, public speaking and practical life skills. The goal is to make learning fun! It is the youth phase of The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service . More than 1,300 Forsyth County young people participate in 4-H activities.
The 4-H Program is part of the Forsyth County School System. There are also 4-H activities outside of school. 4-H is open to all children ages 9-19. 4-H may have begun as Corn and Tomato Clubs, however, today 4-H has evolved to teach computers, recycling, photography, nutrition, violence prevention, teamwork and many other topics relative to Forsyth County youth.
There is no charge to be a 4-H member. Some optional activities may have a small charge.
What Every 4-H’er Should Know
The 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.
The 4-H Motto:
To Make the Best Better
The 4-H Colors:
Green and White
The 4-H Slogan:
Learn By Doing
The 4-H Emblem:
The Four Leaf Clover
Opportunities for Forsyth County 4-H’ers Team or Individual Competitions Diverse team and individual learning experiences promote teamwork, develop public speaking skills, enhance decision making abilities and promote subject matter comprehension.
4-H is learning by doing . . . and one of the best ways to learn is by doing a demonstration. A demonstration shows how while telling how. 4-H’ers actually make or do something (step by step) and have a finished product to show and tell by talking and using visuals such as charts, drawings, or models.
By doing a demonstration, a child will learn to gather information about a subject, organize ideas, present information visually and feel more at ease in front of a group. County Project Achievement and District Project Achievement provide 4-H’ers the opportunity to do demonstrations on what they have learned. Interested judges evaluate the presentations.