Impacting Youth and Strengthening Communities

I recently had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts on the land-grant mission and how it can help strengthen its relationship with 4‑H in the 21st century. In the article, published by EvoLLLution.com, I was joined by fellow leaders of youth development and higher education: Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University Stephen M. Gavazzi,…

Pledge to Youth4-H Professionals

Pledge to Youth4-H Professionals

4-H Youth in Action: Living My Truth

It was the week before Christmas Day 2018. My family and I were in our vehicle, traveling to Illinois to visit family over the holidays. Still a bit groggy as I had just woken up from a great nap, I received a phone call from a number I did not recognize. I had been expecting…

4-H Alumni Participate in the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Every once in a while, 4‑H alumni take center stage at some of the year’s most prominent events. One of those moments happened this weekend, as Georgia 4‑H alumna Jennifer Nettles and Arizona 4‑H alumnus Bob Baffert took part in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. As you can guess, Grammy award-winning singer Jennifer Nettles lent her…

4-H TodayAlumni

4-H TodayAlumni

Inspire Kids to Do: Inspiring STEM

Let’s be honest, STEM can be intimidating to adults, so of course it’s not surprising it is for kids too – especially for those who haven’t been exposed to the topics often. Trying new things can be scary, so a perfect way to overcome any fears is to introduce new ideas in creative ways. Paula…

4-H TodaySTEM

4-H TodaySTEM

Reflecting on Kindness: Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

In this exclusive “Reflecting on Kindness” series, Ponysitters Club members reflect on moments from episodes that allowed them to express different forms of kindness. In this week’s journal entry, Ethan demonstrates kindness through the themes of not judging a book by its cover, leaving your comfort zone, embracing change, keeping an open mind. He shares how these…

4-H Today4-H Supporters

4-H Today4-H Supporters

4-H Youth in Action: The Most Memorable Moment of My Life

Since a 4‑H’er from my state and county won the 4‑H Youth in Action Award several years ago, my mentors and peers motivated me to pursue this amazing opportunity to represent 4‑H youth across the country. When I applied for the award, I was hopeful that National 4‑H Council would see all the amazing work…

4-H TodaySTEM

4-H TodaySTEM

Reflecting on Kindness: A Valuable Lesson in Empathy

In this exclusive “Reflecting on Kindness” series, Ponysitters Club members reflect on moments from episodes that allowed them to express different forms of kindness. In this week’s journal entry, Olivia demonstrates kindness through the themes of responsibility, vulnerability, empathy, nurturing, parenthood. She shares how these themes allowed her to express kindness by accepting responsibility and treating animals…

4-H Today4-H Supporters

4-H Today4-H Supporters

True Leaders in Service: Teaching Kids to Be Grateful

For many kids, it is eye-opening for them to realize that not everyone is exactly like them or as fortunate to have the same things they do, and it’s important to teach kids the importance of helping those in need. That’s why a goal for many parents is to teach their kids gratitude. Doing so…

4-H Today4-H SupportersCitizenship

4-H Today4-H SupportersCitizenship

An Open Letter to Girls and Young Women: Write Your Own Success Story

Thinking about my growth and path to where I am today, I can’t help but feel a sense of duty to encourage girls and young women who aspire to lead. I think we all do. At some point, we’ve all had a woman who inspired us, and in turn, we should all want to be…

Pledge to Youth

Pledge to Youth

Reflecting on Kindness: Real Friendships Matter Most

In this exclusive “Reflecting on Kindness” series, Ponysitters Club members reflect on moments from episodes that allowed them to express different forms of kindness. In this week’s journal entry, Shelby demonstrates kindness through the themes of trying new things, fitting in, being disappointed, understanding the difference between superficial and real friendships. She shares how these themes allowed…

4-H Today

4-H Today