Authorization Checklist - Long Version

This is the checklist that 4-H National Headquarters uses when reviewing applications for 4-H Name and Emblem authorization. This expanded version includes acceptable and unacceptable examples for each criteria item. Although not the only tool used in the authorization decision making process, this is a critical factor in making determinations.

Application Guide: 4-H Name and Emblem

Many people and organizations are interested in using the 4-H Name and Emblem. This handbook explains the relevant federal regulations and application procedures to become an authorized user of the 4-H Name and Emblem. Please read this information carefully before applying for authorization.

4-H Professional's Handbook: 4-H Name and Emblem

This handbook is designed to help 4-H professionals to understand the 4-H Name and Emblem federal regulations that must be followed. It explains their role as both an authorized user and an authorizing entity within their limited geographic area.

4-H Charter Fact Sheet

The 4-H Charter, a template provided to state 4-H offices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and signed by the Secretary of Agriculture’s designated representative, is the only document that officially recognizes a 4-H club/group and authorizes that club or group to use the 4-H Name and Emblem.

USDA Resources for Healthy Living

The USDA has a variety of resources to promote healthy living for youth. This document provides a summary of the resources that are available from different programs under the USDA. The resources are divided by the healthy living category that they fall under – nutrition, physical activity, and injury prevention.

4-H Learning Experience

The 4-H Learning Experience provides a framework for learning and teaching. It serves as a practical guide for developing transformative relationships, to create positive learning experiences, within supportive and safe learning environments, which all leads to identifiable learning outcomes.


Just as 4-H experience should include components that support the “head, heart, and hands” of youth, all 4-H experiences should also include aspects that promote health. 4-H Healthy Living is a national initiative to promote ways to make a child’s experience in the program optimal, which includes social, emotional and physical supports. This checklist includes: physical health, emotional health, social health, injury prevention and risk reduction, policies, and training.

4-H Zika Toolkit

Zika is a disease that is transmitted by a certain type of mosquito bite and can cause a lot of health issues for people. But everyone can help educate their peers and neighbors on the risks associated with mosquito bites. Fairs, farmer’s markets, sporting activities, and other community events are the perfect opportunity to reach out and educate others about mosquito bite prevention. This toolkit can be used by youth or adults to teach about the easy steps that can be taken to protect against mosquito bites and diseases like Zika!

4-H Healthy Living: Social-Emotional

Discover the challenges, solutions, partnerships, and successes of 4-H's work in social-emotional health for youth. There is a direct connection between physical health and mental-emotional-behavioral health. This document provides a summary of these challenges and provides examples of the solutions and partnerships used by 4-H in addressing these challenges.

4-H Healthy Living: Physical Activity

Discover the challenges, solutions, partnerships, and successes of 4-H's work in physical activity and healthy lifestyles for youth.