4-H has had a rich history that has generally mirrored the history of our great nation. During the early years 4-H wanted to improve agricultural production and food preservation through the youth of America. In later years the organization’s concern switched to the development of young people and working to meet their needs. This change occurred because 4-H began broadening their branches to reach urban areas and incorporate new activities and programs that interested a wide range of children from all age groups and backgrounds.
Rusk County’s 4-H history started in 1921 by Jen Hiffernon who started the Onaway 4-H Club, Rusk County’s first club. Many of today’s Rusk County 4-H clubs have been operating for over fifty years. The unique history of our county’s 4-H program is built upon the endless volunteers, community members, youth, and extension employees that have worked so hard to provide programs and activities that expand our youth’s experiences and well being.
Today 4-H is still committed to serving all youth, grades K-13, within the community. The educational programs that 4-H provides supports the mental, physical, and social growth of today’s youth. 4-H provides the opportunity for youth to master new skills, learn practical decision making, learn and relate skills to careers, expand leadership abilities, learn to set and attain goals, plan and manage time wisely, and to develop ambition, initiative, and responsibility.
4-H provides numerous opportunities for today’s youth to get involved. Besides being involved in a club environment and meeting youth throughout the county, 4-H also provides contests, conferences, camps, leadership training, international programs, research programs, and scholarships.
4-H is a unique opportunity that is waiting for you.