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Cancer Doesn’t Define Me, and 2020 Won’t Define Us

I’ve proudly recited the 4‑H pledge since I was 9 years old. But, much of my 4‑H experience has been unconventional. I’ve attended virtual 4‑H meetings before “Zoom” became a household name; completed fair projects from the St. Louis Children’s Hospital while waiting for a bone marrow transplant; attended conferences and helped judge fair projects…

Ways to Give for a Better Future

Amid the challenges and obstacles of 2020, one thing we’ve learned is that we all are holding on to hope for a better future—even if that future is a month away. This sentiment is even more true for young people. For 118 years, 4‑H has been there to help all kids achieve their dreams and…

Reliving the Excitement of STEM Month

In October, we celebrated 4‑H STEM Month with exciting, informative, and interactive STEM events and content. Here’s everything you may have missed and how you can relive the excitement. The Main Event: 4‑H STEM Challenge We went to Mars and back with the 2020 4‑H STEM Challenge, Mars Base Camp, where we learned all about the…

Exploring STEM Professions: Interview with an Engineer

As it turns out, STEM careers aren’t just in cities. Everyone talks about how important STEM learning is, and for good reason. Learning the principles of science, technology, engineering, and math can prepare you to work in specialized jobs that pay well – and are really fun.  Take Rob D’Amico, for instance. He grew up…

October is STEM Month: Celebrating the 4‑H STEM Challenge

Now that we’ve re-introduced you to the 4‑H STEM Challenge, it’s time to celebrate! October is 4‑H STEM Month and we don’t want you to miss all the fun, engaging and educational content coming up during the month. Here’s what to expect during the month-long celebration of STEM: Participate in the 4‑H STEM Challenge The 2020…

At-Home Financial Lessons for Kids

These are complex times, and financial worries are at the front door for many of us. It’s situations like these that highlight the significance of financial health. That’s why there’s never been a better time to teach your kids about financial basics. Earlier this year, we rolled out our first set of financial literacy lessons…

3 Ways You Benefit from the CARES Act When Supporting 4‑H Youth

WHAT IS THE CARES ACT? The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion stimulus bill passed by Congress in response to COVID-19. This bill provides special tax incentives and encourages Americans to continue making charitable gifts to nonprofits like 4‑H. HOW DOES THE CARES ACT APPLY TO YOU? While most…

4‑H Interview with a Rural Electrical Engineer

As it turns out, STEM careers aren’t just in cities If you live in a rural community, you probably know the farming and agriculture jobs available to you. But did you know that STEM careers exist no matter where you live? It’s true: Science- and tech-centric careers don’t just happen in urban areas. Regardless of…

4‑H at Home: Animal Science

This week’s collection of 4‑H at Home activities is all about animals! Visit the links to learn more about the activity, and don’t forget, check back every Monday for new ideas and hands-on learning resources for kids of all ages. 4‑H Livestock Camp Recommended age: Grades 3-5 Courtesy of Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma 4‑H Become…

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