4-H Youth Development


4-H is a nationwide program offering youth, ages 7-19 the opportunity to develop leadership, citizenship and life skills, while participating in hands-on learning.

The "Learn by Doing" philosophy encourages 4-H members to plan and organize monthly meetings, community service projects, and other club activities. 4-H members can choose from more than 30 projects, each providing the participant a chance to explore a new topic, while developing new skills. Many of the projects have knowledgeable adults willing to assist the youth; however, other projects will be done independently at home with assistance from parents. 4-H members will have several opportunities to talk about and present their projects through club meetings, project shows, or the county fair.

4-H Colors: The 4-H colors are green and white. Green is nature's most common color and represents youth, life and growth. White symbolizes purity and high ideals.

4-H Emblem: The green four-leaf clover has a white H on each leaf to represent the four H's: Head; Heart; Hands; and Health. The 4-H name and emblem are protected under federal status Title 18, U.S. Code 707.

4-H Pledge:
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.

4-H Motto: To Make the Best Better!

4-H Slogan: "Learn by Doing"

4-H Cloverbuds

The overall purpose of the 4-H Cloverbuds program is to foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional and physical maturation of five-and six-year old by providing a unique educational opportunity.

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JOANN Fabrics Partnership with 4-H

JOANN Fabrics and National 4-H Council are partnering to bring more hands-on 4-H programs to youth in local communities across the nation. JOANN stores are connecting more young people to experiences where they can learn by doing, creating & making. By providing local 4‑H Clubs with resources and tools to run impactful programs, JOANN will bring the 4‑H experience to more kids in need.

Current & lifetime members, parents of members, volunteers and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programming.

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Jessica Flory

District Agent

4-H Youth Development


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Jo Hetrick-Anstaett
4-H Program Manager (Lyndon)



Josie Thompson
4-H Program Manager (Ottawa)



Jeanette Stinebaugh

4-H Program Manager (Garnett)