Celebrating 100 Years!

The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program will celebrate our 100th Anniversary beginning September 1, 2007.  It was in the fall of 1907 that Tom Marks met with 12 young men to form a Corn Club.  The purpose was to teach young people new practices for raising corn that the farmers (fathers) would not adopt.

This meeting in Jacksboro, Texas was the first 4-H meeting in Texas.  From those roots, we have formed the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program today that has young people in all 254 counties involved in learning life skills, leadership, volunteer service, self confidence, and commitment to Country.  Each day these more than 640,000 youth change their lives, their future, and the future of our state.

In Texas, as everywhere, our youth are our future.  How we strive to develop and encourage hard work and dedication of our youth will determine the leaders and citizens of the future, not only for Texas, but for the nation and the world.  The Texas 4-H Centennial celebration is to honor 4-H’s past  and secure its future.  We are using this time of highlighting the 4-H Program to market to new audiences the Texas 4-H and Youth Program of today.

The goal of the Texas 4-H Centennial is three-fold:

• To provide an opportunity to clubs, counties, districts, and Texas to honor the accomplishments of the last 100 years.
• To provide an interpretation of the current 4-H and Youth Development Program
to new audiences.
• To provide a promotional packet for 4-H to all 254 Texas counties.

The Texas 4-H Centennial will allow every county to highlight what the local 4-H program has accomplished and to honor youth and volunteers in their program.  Each club and county 4-H program will have the opportunity to use local media, community meetings, County Commissioner’s Court meetings, and schools to market the current 4-H and Youth Development Program.

Sharing innovation with the community through youth—the fundamental vision of
4-H—has stayed true for more than 100 years.  4-H began in the early 1900's to share agricultural advances with rural communities through young people.  Today,
4-H creates opportunities for urban, suburban and rural youth to develop into mature adults and engaged citizens through partnerships with caring adult volunteers and staff.  Using the latest advancements of the country’s land-grant colleges and universities, 4-H’ers participate in learn-by-doing projects, group meetings and exhibits that focus on healthy lifestyles, citizenship, and science, engineering and technology.

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

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