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The Origin Of 4-H

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Rebecca Barber

on 22 September 2012

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The Origin Of 4-H 4-H has grown into the nation's largest youth organization over the past 100 years. It was one of Americas first youth development orgainzations. 4-H allows younger generations to learn leadership skills and learn through hands on learning. A.B. Graham was school principal in Ohio when he began to encourage agriculature in the rural schools. In 1902, Graham formed a boys and girls club wtih projects, requirements and officers. The first emblem however was not created until 1907 by O.H. Benson. It started off as a three-leaf clover. Standing for head, heart and hands. Benson proposed a fourth H standing for health. Thus creating the 4-H Clover. The First Decade of 4-H In a federal document the term "4-H Club" had been shown in a bulletin that was written by Gertrude L. Warren. The Second Decade In 1927 the club's name and emblem was patented.
In 1927 the 4-H pledge and motto was adopted at the the first 4-H Club Camp. The camp was held in Washington D.C. The Third Decade 4-H expanded projects for boys and girls. The expansion included home economics projects for girls and more agricultural projects for boys. The Fourth Decade In 1943 the number of youth in 4-H peaked to 1.6 million and by 1945 76% of the youth were successfully completing projects. The Fifth Decade The Sixth Decade Asia, Europe, and Latin America established 4-H orgainizations.
In 1959 President Eisenhower participated i the dedication ceremonies for the National 4-H Center The Extension Committee and 4-H sub-committees agreed on encouraging participation of minorities in national events.
In Chicago a national workshops designed for disadvantaged youth was expanded in rural and urban areas in 1966. The Seventh Decade The National Pledge was changed in 1973 adding "...and my world." to the end of the plegdge.
Membership in 4-H grows to 7 million youth in 1974 The Eighth Decade 4-H explored new techonolgy and had major focus on National Extension Initiatives.
A study from 4-H Alumni was done in 1985, about the long-term impact of 4-H and concluded that 4-H will have a powerful affect for decades. The Ninth Decade 4-H was not just born over night. It was developed over the years through hard work and dedication . 4-H still brings communities together. It is an amazing program that ties together resources to help better youth. 4-H Present To make the best better The 4-H Motto The 4-H Slogan Learn by doing The 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 livig
for my club, my community, my country and my world.
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