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Hispanic Heritage Month: Mi Grito en 4‑H

I stomp my boots hard on the ground, just like my club leader Saralynn taught me. As I finish the final move, I spin in my dance partner and yell a loud grito, louder than I ever have before. I walk off the stage, chest puffed up, filled with pride, sweat dripping down my face.…

Reflections on 9/11 and What It Means to Me Today

On September 1, 2001, I moved to New York City to start a new job in the positive youth development field that I love so much.  Ten days later, our lives were changed by the attacks on the World Trade Center towers.  Here’s what I remember: Looking out my 10th floor apartment window in the morning and…

U.S. 4‑H Members Selected for the First Global 4‑H Youth Committee

During this year’s Global 4‑H Digital Summit, the inaugural Global 4‑H Youth Committee will be introduced, comprised of 15 young people to represent youth voices from each of the five 4‑H global regions. Among the three representing North America are two from the United States—Dylan Gentry and Katie Pascavis. Get to know the two 4‑H U.S.…

5 Kid-Friendly Activities to Beat the Summer Slide

There’s still time to combat the summer slide with these kid-friendly tips and activities! They’re fun, safe, and sure to keep the kids sharp as the school year draws near. Traveling Reimagined Couldn’t make that annual summer vacation this year? Now is the perfect time to learn about a place you’ve never visited before—like, say,…

4‑H’s Dolphin Tank Experience Prepares Youth to Take Local Action

Our world needs to solve big challenges in human health, agriculture, and food, and 4‑H is playing a critical role by cultivating the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry. After the National 4‑H Youth Summit on Agri-Science this past March, teams of youth took part in the Dolphin Tank. The Dolphin Tank”—a take…
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Increasing Investment in Rural Communities

Young people have a vision for their future that takes root in their community. The homegrown experiences and hometown connections, many of which originate in rural communities, drive their personal and career growth journey. But far too often, those rural communities are forgotten, resulting in a lack of resources for basic, yet essential, needs like…

How Do You Become an Astronaut? Astronaut Peggy Whitson on Her Journey to Space

Dr. Peggy Whitson has spent more time in space than any other American. She is the first woman to command the International Space Station, the first non-military Chief of the Astronaut Corps, and has completed 10 spacewalks – the most of any female astronaut. But before she became comfortable living in zero gravity, she had…

Honoring Differences + Eliminating Barriers = Creating Opportunities

The need for access, equity and belonging remains critical, as we continue to bear witness to the devastating effects of discrimination and injustice on our communities. As the chairs of the 4‑H Program Leaders Working Group, Access, Equity and Belonging Committee (AEBC), we believe that the Cooperative Extension System is ideally placed to advance the…

The 4‑H Military Partnership: Providing Stability in an Unstable World

Young people are resilient. However, there are moments that we all face that can sometimes turn our world upside down. This was the case for Ben, who was faced with uncertain circumstances when his father was deployed to Iraq—a challenge many military families face. Thankfully, 4‑H offered Ben and his family the support they needed…

Got PPE? This 4‑H Club Created 3D-Printed Face Shields for First Responders During the Pandemic

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic took so much from people over the past year. It also showed how far people will go to help others. As life came to a grinding halt and health officials called on the public’s help to flatten the curve, nearly all group, in-person activities were cancelled due to social distancing. For…

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