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Native American Heritage Month: The Voice of Animal Nation

My English name is Tashina Red Hawk. My Lakota name is Anpetu Yuonihan Win, which means “Honors the Day Woman.”  I represent the Sicangu Lakota Oyate, who are also known as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. I reflect those who have raised me, taught me, and molded me into the person that I am today. I… Read more »

Once Upon Tomorrow: A Story of Computer Science Dreams Come True

Once Upon Tomorrow: A Story of Computer Science Dreams Come True By: Maggie Johnson, Google, VP of Education and Research Making Tomorrow Possible with Computer Science For many of the challenges our world faces – like access to healthcare and climate change – technology – and technologists – will be part of the solution. We… Read more »

Celebrate Lights On Afterschool as part of your 4‑H STEM Challenge!

Afterschool programs provide the perfect setting for students to engage in STEM learning. According to the newly released America After 3PM special report, STEM learning in afterschool programs is on the rise, but inequities remain. Lights On Afterschool is a great opportunity for programs to showcase their STEM curriculum! In its 22nd year, Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide… Read more »

Your Mental Health Matters

An Open Letter to Young People from Jennifer Sirangelo Have you ever wondered what mental health really is? Experts define it as our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health impacts our thoughts, feelings, physical health, and actions in everyday life. Now, I am by no means a mental health expert. I can’t speak to… Read more »

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating an Investment in Community

As co-chair of the Congressional 4-H Caucus, I join a group of 55 Representatives who are advocates, champions and alumni of 4-H, raising awareness of the organization’s impact on young people and communities across the United States. We are a community of leaders who use our national platforms to impact the districts we serve locally…. Read more »

Youth Voice: Finding Purpose in Supporting Cancer Survivors

In memory of Elizabeth Weidner (2004-2021). Her adventurous spirit will live on and inspire us, forever. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, signified by the gold ribbon because children are as precious as gold. Cancer doesn’t discriminate; it can happen to and affect any child. This includes our 4-H families.  It happened to ours! My… Read more »

Hispanic Heritage Month: Strengthening Our Understanding and Creating Welcoming Spaces

In 4‑H, we recognize that the Hispanic community consists of various groups representing different Latin American countries contributing significantly to the American mosaic. As we continue to grow, we are committed to strengthening our understanding of all the diverse communities we serve. This Hispanic Heritage Month, 4‑H honors and celebrates the Hispanic/Latinx youth, professionals and…

4‑H Youth Voice: A Pledge for Global Change

When I got involved in 4‑H at 12 years old, I had no idea how much I would learn about people, leadership, food insecurity, and the global needs around the world. I got involved in 4‑H to help start a community garden that would provide fresh fruits and vegetables to community members in need. Since…

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…

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