About

 

What is 4-H?

4-H is a non-profit, youth-run leadership club for children ages 5-18.

For over 100 years, 4-H has offered young people the chance to learn by doing.

4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) aims to prepare kids for our modern world.  Members have many opportunities to practice public speaking to lead others, to support the community in service activities, to aspire to healthy living, to meet other local youth,  and to try activities of their choice!

What do 4-H members do?

They raise prize winning livestock, grow delicious vegetables, produce and
perform dramatic productions, bake amazing cakes and cookies, help in
the community, and participate (and win!) robotics competitions. Head,
Heart, Hands, and Health are the four Hs in 4-H, and these values are
present in all our projects and activities: Head, Heart, Hands, and
Health.

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.

How does 4-H work?

The San Bruno 4-H Club has a small farm and club house in San Bruno. The club offers “hands-on” projects and activities, directed by adult volunteers, for youth ages 5–19. Each youth member enrolls in the projects they are interested in, plus they attend monthly general meetings, fun days, farm clean-up days, and other organized club activities. A unique aspect of 4-H is that the club is run by the youth officers and members, so members learn leadership, good citizenship, and active participation in governance.

Not just cows and cake.

We have a wide variety of projects you can join, including (varies by year):

Rock climbing, archery, gardening, sewing, leather-craft, public speaking, leadership, jewelry making, photography, cooking, raising animals, creative writing.

About the Author