From the Americas to Europe to Africa to Asia, 4-H builds youth leaders and provides a sense of belonging. As one of the largest youth organizations in the world, 4-H is investing in young people today to grow a brighter future.
4-H offers practical skill-building activities, meaningful leadership roles, and partnerships with caring adult volunteers. These three elements create a unique experience that equips young people for success in the future.
4-H was founded in 1902 when A. B. Graham started a youth program in Clark County, Ohio, in the United States and T.A. Erickson of Douglas County, Minnesota, started local agricultural after-school clubs and fairs. The first clubs were referred to as “The Tomato Clubs” or the “Corn Growing Clubs” and it was not until 1912 when they were formally known as 4-H clubs. The 4-leafed clover emblem with an H on each leaf in designed by Jessie Field Shambaugh in 1910 has been since been adopted by Global Members of the 4-H Network as the common 4-H Brand.
The Global 4-H Network was formed in 2014 at the Summit in Seoul, South Korea. Two representatives were elected from each region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & Caribbean, North America) to form the Board of Directors and the global 4-H declaration was signed. The Global 4-H Network believes the power to build a more sustainable future lies with today’s youth. To ensure global economic and political stability in the future, we must work now to create long-term solutions to strengthen our communities and feed our growing world.
Global 4-H By The Numbers
- Over 70 independent, country-led 4-H programs around the world
- Seven million 4-H’ers worldwide
- More than 3.5 million young women leading in 4‑H today
- Over 100 years of history in agricultural and economic development
- The global 4-H community celebrates November 1st as Global 4-H day
- Goal of reaching 25 million members internationally by 2025