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organization for boys and girls, generally from 8 to 18 years of age; some states offer programs for younger children, and there are also collegiate programs. 4-H teaches young people leadership, citizenship, and life skills through practical educational programs in animal and plant sciences, family and consumer sciences, computers and technology, environment and earth sciences, communications, community service, and other areas. 4-H programs are offered through clubs, camps, afterschool groups, and other venues. Local groups are guided by Extension agents and volunteer leaders. Each club elects its officers and plans its activities and programs. The 4-H motto is "To make the best better"; its pledge is "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." A national 4-H congress is held annually, and other national and state conferences and events are also held.

Developed between 1902 and 1919 to enable rural youth to "learn by doing," the American 4-H program is run by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension ServiceCooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service,
agency within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, created (1995) as a result of the reorganization act passed (1994) by Congress.
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 of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, with the aid of state land-grant colleges and universities and the nonprofit National 4-H Council. Since World War II, 4-H has expanded its programs to include young people living in the nation's cities and suburbs, as well as military bases worldwide, and a third of all members now in live cities and suburbs with populations greater than 50,000. The 4-H movement also has grown to include cross-cultural exchange and training programs with similar groups in more than 80 countries. There are more than 6.5 million members in the United States.

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Being involved in 4-H for nearly 30 years has been so rewarding in itself, but being inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame is truly an honour that I never expected.
Years of 4-H membership is just one criteria for winning families.
Connecting with 4-H and its programs provides opportunities to benefit many more New York youth by allowing our researchers to learn from 4-H and also helping 4-H to improve its programs.
Francis showed his parents the money he had made from 4-H gardens, and that, rather than scattering seeds on the ground, he'd learned to plant the reddish-pink Pioneer ones a set distance apart from one another, with just one or two per hole so that the plants' roots didn't get too crowded.
Nyamwanza will work with partners across Africa to strengthen the capacity of 4-H leaders, professionals and volunteers in country-led 4-H organizations.
Richard Mahacek, county director and 4-H youth development advisor at the University of California, has fond memories of that time when he was a 4-H'er during the 1960s.
While 4-H still meets the needs of children in agriculture and livestock projects, it offers additional activities in a variety of fields and teaches children life-skills.
Hart is the 4-H agent/staff chairman for the Curry County/OSU Extension Service in Gold Beach, Oregon, and has directed numerous county and regional 4-H resident and day camps.
For information about the Eastside Antelopes 4-H Club, call Hannah Green at (661) 946-4418 or e-mail her at hannah(at)as.
The partnership, called Eat4-Health, is activating thousands of 4-H youth ambassadors to make healthy choices for themselves and encourage friends, families and people in their communities to make positive changes through training, creative programs and educational events.
In addition, 14 senior 4-H delegates were named as 4-H Alberta Ambassadors to promote 4-H and youth involvement in Alberta.
The six kids, participants in the 4-H Urban Outreach Program offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, are wriggling in their seats around a table in the lower level of a large, two-story room at Ithaca's West Village Apartments.