“I pledge…” A pledge is a promise, a commitment to action, and a reminder of hope.
We want you-4-H youth members, Cloverbuds, volunteers, and alumni-to record yourself saying the 4-H pledge. All of your videos will be put together to create one, unified voice during this time of social distancing to share with the world. We also hope to submit it to the Indiana Historical Society’s COVID-19 Exhibit!
Here’s what to do:
- Get ready! Put on a 4-H hat and/or shirt, or our green and white colors. Find a well-lit place so we can see your face. Practice what you will say-your name, 4-H connection, and the pledge.
- Be creative! Gather your family to say the pledge with you, message a fellow 4-H member and record yourselves over FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts saying the pledge, or get your 4-H club together over Zoom and record yourselves saying the pledge like the 5H Classic 4-H Club did.
- Recite and record the pledge using Flip Grid or uploading your video to Flip Grid! Begin your video by stating your first name(s) and how you are involved with 4-H.
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 my world.
But what if you don’t want to record yourself? That’s okay! We want you to express what the 4-H pledge means to you in a way that you are comfortable with. Below are other ways to complete the challenge. Your work may even be displayed during the Marion County 4-H Fair/Celebration!
- Draw, illustrate, color, or paint what the 4-H pledge means to you! Include your first name and 4-H club (if you are part of a club) on your drawing, take a photo of it, and upload it.
- Write! Pick one or more of the prompts below, type your responses, and upload your document.
- HEAD stands for decision-making, planning, organizing, problem solving and using knowledge throughout life. How have you adapted to e-learning? How do you organize your time and your day? What have you done to learn a new skill or try a new hobby? What books have you read that you did not have time for in the past?
- HEART stands for strong personal values, positive self-concept, concern for others, cooperation and communication. How have you gotten along with your siblings and parents while at home? How has your family divided the work that needs to be done, and in what new ways have you spent your leisure time? How have you communicated with friends and family that you cannot see? Have you learned any new technologies for communication while at home?
- HANDS stands for volunteering, community service, preparing for the world of work, science and technology literacy, and useful skills. What new skills have you developed or what skill have you been working on to improve? How have you gone out of your way to help someone in your community or your family and still follow the social distancing requirements?
- HEALTH stands for healthy lifestyles, character, ethics, stress management and disease prevention. How have you dealt with stress related to COVID-19? Have you developed any new healthy living habits? How do you get exercise during this stay at home period?
A special thank you to Wayne Township 4-H Director, Alice Sweeney, for this idea and creating the writing prompts.
We, the 4-H community of Marion County, Indiana, are united by our pledge. Even though we cannot be together in-person right now, let us remind each other of our promise to clearer thinking, greater loyalty, larger service, and better living.
Questions? Contact Dustin Homan, 4-H Youth Development Educator, Purdue University Extension-Marion County at firstname.lastname@example.org