The Wisconsin 4-H Movement

Young African American girl looking through telescope while at a 4-H booth at a fair.

The 4-H movement is committed to providing youth development opportunities and promoting positive change for young people. Together we can make the best, better.

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4-H Movement Video

In Wisconsin 4-H we value:

Being Yourself: Find and share your authentic sparks and interests;

Belonging Together: Recognize, understand, respect, and appreciate each other;

Building Connections: Grow positive relationships with peers and adults;

Discovering Skills: Develop skills through hands-on learning to help you succeed and thrive;

Exploring New Opportunities: Open the door to new experiences, projects, and places;

Giving Back to Your Community: Make meaningful contributions through community service and leadership.

Essential Elements

In 4-H, the critical components of a successful learning experience are a sense of Belonging, Independence, Mastery, and Generosity. Across each curriculum, these 4-H Essential Elements are embedded through the learning experience.

Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity

Youth need to know they are cared about by others and feel a sense of connection to others in the group.

In order to develop self-confidence youth need to feel and believe they are capable and they must experience success at solving problems and meeting challenges.

Youth need to know that they are able to influence people and events through decision-making and action.

Youth need to feel their lives have meaning and purpose.

4-H Thriving Model

We’ve learned that youth thriving is dependent on having high quality 4-H programs where youth feel like they belong and have relationships with supportive adults. We also know that thriving youth achieve important developmental outcomes, like personal responsibility, academic motivation, confidence, and high personal standards.

Diagram of four components with subpoints for each: 1. Developmental Context -- Youth Sparks, PYD Program Quality Principles, Developmental Relationships, Science of Learning & Development; 2. Thriving Trajectory -- Openness to Challenge & Discovery, Growth Mindset, Hopeful Purpose, Transcendent Awareness, Pro-Social Orientation, Positive Emotionality, Goal Management; 3. Developmental Outcomes -- Academic Motivation & Success, Social Competence, Personal Standards, Contributions to Others, Connection with Others, Personal Responsiblity; 4. Long-Term Outcomes -- Academic or Vocational Success, Civic Engagement, Employability & Economic Stability, Happiness & Wellbeing
Developed in Oregon, this new framework is being used at the National 4-H Level.

4-H Pledge

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.


Resources for Club Leaders

Wisconsin 4-H Movement Marketing Materials


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