February is Nebraska 4-H month, where we can celebrate this organization alongside all of the individuals who continue to dedicate their lives, time, and space.
It is not a surprise to many that 1 in 3 youth in Nebraska are involved in 4-H, with the support of over 12,000 volunteers! Without the continued support of families and volunteers all of these years, this organization would not be where it is today. With everything around us constantly changing, one thing has stayed the same: The 4-H Pledge.
Created in 1927, it has still stuck with the organization and still is relevant to our lives today.
The 4-H Pledge:
I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking,
My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service,
And my HEALTH for better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
HEAD: As humans, we are given a brain that allows us to think, plan, and reason. Youth are encouraged to make the right decisions when given choices, that do not harm themselves or others.
HEART: 4-H encourages youth to be kind, sympathetic, and true with every action. Creating youth who want to help, others; not because they have to help others. Detouring from hurting others, but building them up.
HANDS: Working towards something that is the bigger picture. Our hands can complete tasks that our brain thinks of. We should consider the ability to work with our hands a blessing, and continue to pass it forward for individuals who require help or communities that need a little extra attention. The more we help today, we can make for a better tomorrow.
HEALTH: Creating healthy lifestyles, does not only make our lives better but makes it a happier place for everyone around us. Choosing healthier options to increase both our physical and mental well-being.
4-H is not all about county fair and 4-H project but “making the best better” for your community, country, and world. If you or someone you know is wanting to join 4-H, please contact the Nebraska Extension in Washington County Office at 402-426-9455. Or contact your local Nebraska Extension Office. To stay up to date on what’s happening in the Washington County 4-H program, follow our social media pages! Facebook: Nebraska Extension- Washington County. Twitter: @WCNE4H.
Mickayla Blender is a Extension assistant with the Nebraska Extension in Washington County.