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October 20, 2014
LITTLE ROCK -- The first phrase of the 4-H pledge is about clearer thinking. 4-H,
the nation’s largest youth development program delivers on that promise, said Laura
Connerly, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
October is national 4-H month.
“The 4-H youth development program has been targeting life skills for more than 100
years,” she said. “ Life skills are those competencies people need to function well
in the environments in which they live.”
Connerly said 4-H can help children develop critical life skills. For example, one
area of 4-H’s Targeting Life Skills Model is managing resources.
“4-H Consumer Economics projects and activities guide young people in learning responsible
money management,” she said. “Consumer judging, personal finance simulations and entrepreneur
camp are just a few of the learning opportunities available through 4-H.
“Good money management skills lay a foundation for future financial success,” Connerly
said. “ 4-H strives to help young people become competent in skills to prepare them
4-H provides many experiences that teach or reinforce skills. Mastery of any skill
requires opportunities to try, make mistakes, and try again. Skills are learned in
sequential steps related to the age and stage of development.
The 4-H pledge is:
“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
To learn more about 4-H contact your county extension office or visit it online at
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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By Mary HightowerCooperative Extension ServiceU of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com