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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


4-H is a youth development program supported by the land-grant university in each state (in this case Ohio State University) that encourages young people to reach their fullest potential through: Hands-on and experiential learning that facilitates learning by doing; Growth that encourages successes and challenges; Exploring a wide range of opportunities; Providing supportive and nurturing enviroments and relationships that empower young people to voluntarily help themselves and each other.




For additional information contact Ella Lorentz, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development at or 330.674.3015

The 4-H Motto:

"To Make the Best Better"

The 4-H Pledge:

I pledge:

My Head to clearer thinking,

My Heart to greater loyalty,

My Hands to larger service,

My Health to better living,

For my club, my community, my country and my world.

The 4-H Emblem:

"H" represents on of the four "H's" - Head, Heart, Hand and Health.

The 4-H name and emblem is protected by Congress, and held in trust by the Secretary of Agriculture.

In the county, the Extension educators delegate their use to 4-H groups.

Holmes County 4-H is a family affair

Everyone becomes involved in the learning, the business and the fun.

  • Learning to Learn - learning through experience leading
  • Self and Others - working as a team
  • Relating to Others - by accepting diversity
  • Communicating with Others - through creative expression.
  • Planning and Organizing - by setting short and long term goals.

4-H'ers learn through experience in various ways:

  • Community Involvement - volunteer time to help community needs.
  • Life Skill Projects and Livestock Projects - develop self-esteem and lifetime interests.
  • State & National 4-H Trips - are educational and develop leadership skills.
  • School Enrichment Programs - help teachers develop the "whole child," not just teach subject matter.
  • Cloverbuds - allows 5 to 8 year old children to become involved with 4-H on a non-competitive basis.