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“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.”
This is the insignia of the Jamaica 4H Clubs. Emblazoned in cloverleaves, serving as a representation of the selflessness and resilience with which its members serve the country.
This society stands out as one of Jamaica’s premier youth organizations improving areas of agriculture, culture, education, industry and recreation while ensuring that the youth are knowledgeable and well trained.
Founded in 1940, the name of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs is a reiteration of the principles on which it was established. The 4 Hs, which represent head, heart, hands and health are focal points for its clubbites as within the head, resides the power to think, plan and reason; the heart for the nobleness to become kind and true; hands for dignity to be helpful and useful and health for strength to work efficiently.
Speaking to JIS News Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Lenworth Fulton, recounts the rationale for the formation of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs. “We needed at that time to groom a more scientifically inclined set of farmers, who would observe better agricultural practices.and develop good marketing practices for the agricultural products that were developed,” he states.
The organization was borne out of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) by a set of volunteers who believed that sustenance of the agricultural sector would be driven by youth involvement. This marked the beginning of volunteerism by youth in the nation.
However, this initiative would not have been made possible without an initial grant of