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Carter County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

4-H Youth Development

 

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The Oklahoma 4-H Program is committed to positive youth development by providing young people with opportunities to belong to an organization where they can grow as individuals and master new skills that will benefit them throughout life, with the goal of participants giving back to their community through service.  Annually, Oklahoma 4-H provided community based learning programs for more than 145,000 youth in rural and urban areas, with minority youth comprising 36 percent of Oklahoma's total 4-H enrollment.  More than half of 4-H alumni earn a college degree, compared to 20 percent of the general populace.  Approximately 95 percent of 4-H alumni are volunteers in their communities, with 86 percent of those having held a leadership position in a civic organization within the last three years.  Fully 88 percent of State 4-H alumni continue to live, work, raise children, and spend money in Oklahoma.

4-H Mission:
The mission of the 4-H Youth Development Program is to provide Oklahoma youth, families, and communities with educational programs which will create environments for diverse audiences of youth and adults to reach their fullest potential by developing and enhancing skills for living.


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"

 Any youth, ages 9 to 19, can join the Carter County 4-H program.  Cloverbuds, a non-competitive 4-H program for youth 5-8 years of age, is available through some local clubs.

Contact:  Gerri Ballard, Extension Educator
              gerri.a.ballard@okstate.edu

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