Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! of the Month – February 1999 – Santa Clara County 4-H

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This month Amazing Kids! celebrates the amazing achievement of the young people in the Santa Clara 4-H Youth Development Program! Through their 4-H experience, these amazing kids and teens have learned valuable lessons and skills they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. Their experience has taught them about a variety of things, like the value of helping others, serving their communities, about individual responsibility and leadership, as well as more about themselves and their own amazing potential!

Below you will read about the 4-H programs and the special 4-H pledge. You’ll also learn what it’s like to be a member of 4-H, as some of the amazing young members of the Santa Clara County 4-H Youth Development Program share their own 4-H experiences with you.

  • Read Katie Helland’s amazing story, the 8 year old award -winning chicken breeder!
  • Read about amazing Jessica Wentzel, the advanced computer award winner and see her computer-enhanced art!
  • Read about Lauren Jacques’ amazing community service project to help cancer patients!

For more information about the Santa Clara County 4-H Council, and to read copies of their newsletter, visit their website.

4-H History

The original goal of the 4-H program was to form boys and girls clubs across the United States in order to teach them agricultural education. Though the programs have expanded to include many other areas for learning, the objective have stayed the same: “the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens.”

4-H programs are offered in a variety of different ways, including:

  • organized clubs
  • 4-H special interest or short term-groups
  • 4-H school enrichment programs
  • 4-H instructional TV
  • 4-H camping
  • 4-H activities
  • 4-H centers or
  • as individual members.

From the beginning, the program has taken a “hands on” approach, and helped young people learn through fun and engaging “learning by doing” activities.

For more information about the history of 4-H, visit the National 4-H Council’s website.

The 4H 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.

4H Membership and Volunteers

In a study done in 1994, the National 4-H Council found that over 5 and 1/2 million American youth, ages 5-19 participated in 4-H.

The same study found that there were 666,582 volunteer leaders working directly and indirectly with youth– 128,474 of them were 4-H junior & teen leaders!

For more interesting facts about the 4-H membership and volunteers, read the National 4-H Statistics 1994 web page.

4-H Links

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