What I Learned Judging at the Bangor State Fair

You can learn a lot at a fair, or, at least be reminded of what you should already know! It is fair season in Maine. I counted 29 fairs listed on the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs website. Maine has large fairs (like Fryeburg Fair and Skowhegan State Fair) and small fairs (such as Houlton…

August 22, 2016 9:55 AM
4-H Professionals4-H Today

August 22, 2016 9:55 AM

4-H Professionals4-H Today

Why Your #FirstSevenJobs Can Teach You So Much about Leadership

If you’ve been on social media recently you might have seen friends and family sharing their first jobs with the hashtag #firstsevenjobs. Thousands of people have been using it to share details of their very first jobs, and there are some great ones. For example, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed he was…

August 12, 2016 10:03 AM
Pledge to Youth

August 12, 2016 10:03 AM

Pledge to Youth

Celebrating 4-H Grown Alumna Martha Ann Miller

As we continue our spotlight of 4‑H Grown alumni and sharing the impact 4‑H has had on their lives, we are excited to celebrate a very special 4‑H alumna, Martha Ann Miller, who will be celebrating her 105th birthday on August 6! Martha Ann Miller is a phenomenal woman who is a strong part of…

August 5, 2016 12:24 PM
4-H TodayAlumni

August 5, 2016 12:24 PM

4-H TodayAlumni

Alumni Leaders: Lazarus Lynch

Lazarus Lynch is only 22, but he’s already making waves in the culinary world. Lazarus, whose father owned a restaurant, now offers healthier takes on classic soul food on his website, Son of a Southern Chef. He has appeared on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, and he’s working on a cookbook. Unsurprisingly, he’s…

July 1, 2016 12:50 PM
4-H TodayAlumniHealthy Living

July 1, 2016 12:50 PM

4-H TodayAlumniHealthy Living

So 4-H Grows True Leaders

I’m told that 4‑H grows true leaders. When the slogan was first announced a few folks said to me, “Is it that 4‑H grows the leaders or that the leaders just excel in 4‑H?” Perhaps it is a bit of both. I mean, you have to have talent to be great. Yet I’ve known quite…

June 28, 2016 1:46 PM
4-H Professionals

June 28, 2016 1:46 PM

4-H Professionals

How Learning Healthy Habits Can Help Kids Become True Leaders

4‑H believes that True Leaders are healthy leaders. Not only are young people speaking up when it comes to promoting health, but being healthy helps us all reach our full leadership potential. For more on the connection between healthy living and leadership, we spoke with Becky Johnson, the executive director of the Healthy Weight Commitment…

June 7, 2016 8:53 AM
4-H TodayHealthy LivingPartnerships

June 7, 2016 8:53 AM

4-H TodayHealthy LivingPartnerships

True Leaders Tackle Mental Health through Text, Talk, Act

4‑H is committed to helping youth across the nation respond to challenges every day in their communities and world. A key component of this is ensuring healthy minds for our 4‑H’ers. Given that ¾ of all mental health issues present themselves before age 24, and that only 1 in 4 Americans seek treatment for mental…

June 7, 2016 8:39 AM
4-H TodayHealthy LivingPartnerships

June 7, 2016 8:39 AM

4-H TodayHealthy LivingPartnerships

4-H and Disney Connect Kids to Nature

On April 19th, the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) celebrated its 20th anniversary by launching its Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time initiative. The effort builds on the conservation work DCF has been doing over the last two decades, and brings focus to two specific impact areas: 1) reversing the decline of 10 animals including African…

June 7, 2016 8:22 AM
CitizenshipPartnershipsSTEM

June 7, 2016 8:22 AM

CitizenshipPartnershipsSTEM

4-H STEM Learning Opportunities: Charging Stations for Youth

It’s no secret that our economy is rapidly shifting, and as 4‑H educators we are starting to become cognizant of the fact that computer science is a “new basic skill” essential for economic opportunity and social mobility. The White House recently launched the Computer Science For All initiative to empower all young people to learn…

June 6, 2016 5:43 PM
4-H ProfessionalsSTEM

June 6, 2016 5:43 PM

4-H ProfessionalsSTEM

Ruwanthi Ekanayake: Blossoming Through 4-H

This year, I am honored to be the recipient of the National 4‑H Youth in Action Pillar Award in Healthy Living as well as the overall National Youth in Action Award. As such, I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of Grow True Leaders Week, kick starting 4‑H’s national campaign to raise awareness…

May 18, 2016 3:37 PM
4-H Today

May 18, 2016 3:37 PM

4-H Today