Our History


Since its humble beginnings more than 100 years ago, 4-H has grown to become the nation’s largest youth development organization. The 4-H idea is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills they need to be proactive forces in their communities’ and develop ideas for a more innovative economy. That idea was the catalyst to begin the 4-H movement, and those values continue today.


As one of the first youth development organizations in America, 4-H opened the door for young people to learn leadership skills and explore ways to give back. 4-H revolutionized how youth connected to practical, hands-on learning experiences while outside of the classroom.


In the 1900′s it was horse and buggy that led the founders of 4-H on their paths to new recruites. Today, we utilize these animals for pleasure more so than functionality for transportation. However, in todays world of video games, television and texting, it is our belief these animal may serve even a greater purpose today than they did long ago.


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