About Arkansas 4-H Youth Programs

Arkansas 4H youth preparing food on a table
The Arkansas 4-H educational philosophy is "Learn by doing". A hands-on approach is taken with children who are learning to prepare food.

4-H is the premier youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. Through non-formal, science-based, experiential education activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and enhance life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of society. 4-H is an exciting program where you get to "learn by doing."  4-H is about having fun as you are learning exploring and discovering new things. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities. With more than 807 clubs established across Arkansas, you can be a part of 4-H wherever you live. Youth between the ages of 5 and 19 are invited to join the 133,000 young people involved in the Arkansas 4-H program.  

4-H is conducted in many forms, to include community clubs, special interest projects, in school programs, school enrichment, judging teams and more. Youth learn leadership, communication skills, problem-solving, decision-making and life skills through a variety of projects with topics such as, nutrition, ATV safety, shooting sports, outdoor educations, aerospace, animal science, robotics, forestry, entrepreneurship, performing arts, citizenship, interior design, health and leadership.

Arkansas 4-H Mission

The mission of 4-H is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self directing, productive, and contributing members of society.


4-H EmblemFour Leaf Clover with the letter H on each leaf

The 4-H emblem is a four-leaf clover with the letter "H" on each leaf. The letters in the emblem stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health - the foundation of all 4-H programs.

Arkansas 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.

Educational Philosophy

Experiential education - learn by doing.

4-H Motto

To "Make the Best Better" was suggested by Miss Carrie Harrison of USDA and adopted by a committee of state and national leaders in 1912. Colors Green - nature's most common color, symbolizes springtime, life and youth. White - symbolizes purity and high ideals.

Arkansas 4-H Promotional Brochure