Head, Heart, Hands and Health are the four Hs in 4‑H
The 4-H Pledge is a way to get a glimpse of what 4-H members and leaders focus on in this year round youth development program.
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.
Prometo usar mi mente para pensar con más claridad,
mi corazón para ser más leal,
mis manos para ser más servicial,
mi salud para cuidarme más,
por mi club, mi comunidad, mi país y mi mundo.
Head stands for decision making, planning, organizing, problem solving and using knowledge throughout life.
Supported by the rich academic knowledge base of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in partnership with a network of Land-Grant Universities. 4-H provides young people the opportunity to recognize and develop their interests, “sparks”, through curriculum and project-based learning in partnership with caring adults, and, strengthens post-secondary pathways.
Heart stands for strong personal values, positive self-concept, concern for others, cooperation and communication.
4‑H is an innovator in developing youth leadership and decision-making skills. Youth build relationships, make connections and practice skills throughout their engagement in 4-H. Our civic engagement programs equip youth to use their “voice”, influence, and decision-making authority.
Hands stands for volunteering, community service and reaching out to create a more inclusive, equitable world.
Service is a hallmark of all 4‑H programs, teaching youth about the importance of giving back, improving our communities and developing innovative solutions to solve problems, large or small. 4‑H’ers learn skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, community engagement and build a sense of compassion, confidence and pride.
Health stands for healthy lifestyles, character, ethics, stress management and disease prevention.
Our programming empowers youth to be healthy – body and mind – with the skills to make healthy decisions and lead healthy lifestyles. Having the confidence and skills to lead healthy lifestyles not only improves overall well-being; it enables youth to tackle life’s challenges today and become leaders in their lives, careers and communities as they grow into responsible adulthood.