4-H Youth Development

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4-H encourages diverse groups of youth to develop their unique skills and talents to the fullest potential. Young people participate in 4-H through clubs, special interest groups, after-school programs, camps and many other activities. “Learning by doing” through hands on activities and community involvement empowers 4-H’ers to develop and strengthen life skills. 4-H is a family affair. This includes the parent-child relationship and the extended family of community and state. It is a unique blend of government, private business and volunteers working together to broaden the horizons of Volunteer County’s young people.

Youth participate in 4-H through school 4-H clubs, community clubs, special interest groups, after-school programs, camps and many other activities. Although there are many common activities, each county in Tennessee has its own unique programs and areas of emphasis.

4-H is a unique educational program for students in elementary through high school. It encourages diverse groups of youth to develop their skills and talents to the fullest. As 4-H’ers, youth actively participate in activities, events and projects that develop and strengthen life skills. 4-H is open to everyone. Each county has exciting and fun programs!

Contact us to find out about the 4-H clubs in your community.

4-H 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.

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Contact Information

Mary Morgan
Phone: (731) 364-3164

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State Events

Academic Conference

Junior High Academic Conference is an event for students enrolled in 4-H between the grade 6-8th as of January 1. The event will be held on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Participants receive intensive training in their 4-H project areas under the supervision of university scientists and specialist and explore related career opportunities. The conference provides a variety of rewarding and fun-filled experiences in classroom, outdoor and laboratory settings.

TN 4-H Honor Club

Are you in at least the 6th grade? Have you been an active 4-H member? Do you enjoy leadership and citizenship activities? Then, maybe you can become a Tennessee 4-H Honor Club member!

Honor Club is for junior high (6th, 7th and 8th graders) and senior (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders) 4-H’ers who have been active members of their local clubs. Membership is based on an application form. Anyone who can score a minimum number of points on the Tennessee 4-H Honor Club application can become a member. It’s not hard. You get points for everything you do… completing your projects, participating in events and activities, making presentations, helping other 4-H’ers, volunteering in your community… you even get points just for joining 4-H!

Anyone can become an Honor Club member if they’re just willing to participate… and participating is fun!

TN 4-H Honor Club is a 4-Her’s first step to becoming a Vol State Member (this is the highest honor a 4-H member can receive). Once a member has received these accomplishments, scholarships and other opportunities are available. If you are interested in joining the TN 4-H Honor Club, contact Ms. Janie Tallent for an application today.

TN 4-H Roundup

State 4-H Roundup is a yearly event that recognizes the outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments of senior 4-H members in grades 9th – 12th. In order to attend State 4-H Roundup, members must submit a portfolio in a one of twenty-six project areas.

TN 4-H Congress

Since it’s beginning in 1948, 4-H Congress has given some 34,300 4-H’ers and volunteer leaders firsthand experience in state government. At Congress, delegates become senators or representatives and form a “junior” state Congress. They devote their time to learning about government, citizenship, leadership and their state capital.

TN 4-H All Stars

Tennessee 4-H All Stars is the second level in the Tennessee 4-H recognition program (becoming a Vol State Member) for outstanding 4-H members. Through​ active participation in their 4-H clubs, 4-H’ers in 7th-12th grades can earn points to become members of the 4-H Honor Club. Once they complete the 8th grade, Honor Club members may apply for membership in 4-H All Stars. Membership in All Stars is based on SERVICE, which is the All Star motto.

4-H All Stars have many opportunities for service, leadership, and FUN! Whether participating in county service learning projects, attending regional conferences, or serving as a regional or state officer, members learn about themselves as they serve others. The opportunities are limitless. As a speaker at the 1965 All Star Conference said, “All Stars have a golden opportunity to serve. It’s a matter of how you want to serve and where you want to serve.”

TN 4-H Vol State Recognition

Vol State is the final step in Tennessee’s three-level recognition program… Honor Club, All Stars and Vol State. The Vol State Award is the highest honor a Tennessee 4-H’er many receive. Members are inducted in an impressive candlelight ceremony on the final night of Tennessee 4-H Roundup.

The requirements to be a Vol State member include: member must be an active 4-H member, member must have been enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade on January 1 of the current calendar year, member must be an active 4-H All Star, and member must be in attendance at State 4-H Roundup.

Being a Vol State 4-H member is a huge honor that many youth have worked hard to obtain in their 4-H years. Weakley County 4-H strongly encourages youth to strive to be the best you can be.