“H“ is for Heart

— Written By and last updated by Dawn Stone


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. The second “H” of the 4-H pledge is “Heart.” You may ask what does pledging one’s “heart to greater loyalty” have to do with 4-H and how does that translate into a meaningful life skill?

The third line of the 4-H Creed states, “I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true.” Through our 4-H program, members learn about caring for and relating to others. By participating in a local 4-H club or any local 4-H projects, youth are afforded the opportunity to relate to other youth with similar interests. The stretch and growth are paramount. 4-H youth have the opportunity to connect with trained, caring adults through club work, project work and community service opportunities. Through 4-H, youth build strong relationships with other young people and adults based on caring and respect.

Through 4-H, hundreds of thousands of North Carolina’s young people learn new skills and serve their communities each year. 4-H offers clubs, special interest programs, summer camps, school enrichment and after-school programs. Guided by North Carolina Cooperative Extension educators and adult and teen volunteers, 4-H’ers gain knowledge, skills and experience that help them become responsible citizens and leaders.

Randolph County 4-H members learn to give back to their communities. They demonstrate strong personal values, a positive self-concept and concern for others. Service learning projects in 4-H clubs give young people a unique opportunity to view the needs of their local communities and problem-solve ways to help others. The 4-H program is structured to meet the needs of youth and provide them with a strong foundation to develop them into the leaders of tomorrow. Research shows 4-H members develop a concern for their communities and, as adults, are more likely to give back to their communities philanthropically and civically. Now that is a pretty great life skill for today and as we move into the future.

I have bragged many times about the fact that 4-H is more than just the sum of the youth we reach. Caring, responsible, trained adults get right at the “heart” of 4-H in order to ensure the success of Randolph County 4-H. Our volunteers demonstrate caring, positive behavior through hands-on work with youth. What better way to learn and grow than through the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get involved?

Without our youth and adult volunteers, Randolph County 4-H would not have the breadth or the depth to meet the needs of the hundreds of youth we meet each year. The reach of our 4-H program is multiplied by recruiting, training and supporting positive adults to provide a quality educational program to the young people in Randolph County. 4-H members and volunteers are the heart of 4-H in Randolph County. What a valued commodity for our community to have today and far into the future!

North Carolina Sate University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age disability, or veterans status. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Jody Terry at 336-318-6000 or jody_terry@ncsu.edu or fax – 336-318-6011 or in person at the Randolph County Extension Office at least 10 days prior to the event.