University of Maryland Extension

About 4-H

What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of more than 6 million youth all across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In 4-H, young people have fun, learn, explore and discover.


4-H can be found in every county of every state and in more than 80 countries around the world. In Maryland, 4-H is a program of University of Maryland Extension. More than 45,000 youth belong to 4-H in our state.

4-H gives young people opportunities to follow their own interests through 4-H projects ranging from photography to model rocketry, from dogs to horses, from foods to fashions, from robotics to the environment and more.

4-H members belong to community clubs where they learn to conduct meetings and to serve as officers and committees. 4-H club members plan fun programs, help their communities, and make friends with the guidance of trained 4-H volunteers and leaders.

Maryland 4-H Mission

The Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program provides a supportive and inclusive setting for all youth to reach their fullest potential in a diverse society. Youth learn beneficial and cognitive life skills through community focused, research-based experiential education programs.


 Our Vision

Maryland 4-H aspires to be a recognized leading youth development program that inspires youth and adults to learn, grow and work together as catalyst for positive change.

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 living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world."

 Motto

"To Make The Best Better"

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