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4‑H at Home: Helpers, Heroes & History

This week, kids will discover lessons in geocaching and gardening! Visit the links to learn more about the activity and check back every Monday for new ideas and hands-on, educational resources for all young people. Superhero Selfie Recommended Age: Grades Pre-K-12 Courtesy of Louisiana State University, Louisiana 4‑H What are the powers of your favorite…

Youth Empowerment Series: The Importance of Education Equity

The passion and drive of young people to create change, lead in their field of interest, and support their communities should be recognized and celebrated. That’s why it’s a priority for me to uplift their voices by sharing their stories and work. Every month, I will have conversations with young alumni and 4‑H’ers in my…

4 for 4: Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University

In this week’s “4 for 4” interview, I chat with Dr. E. Gordon Gee—proud Utah 4‑H alumnus and president of West Virginia University—on the future of education post-COVID-19.   You have held more university presidencies than any other American according to Wikipedia. So, looking back on your life’s journey, what or who stands out for…

4‑H at Home: DNA, Fruit Batteries and Water Camp

Kids will discover a passion for STEM with this week’s lessons in DNA, fruit batteries and water! Visit the links to learn more about the activity and check back every Monday for new ideas and hands-on, educational resources for all young people. Science Bug Recommend age: Grades Pre-K-5 Courtesy of HughesNet and 2018 4‑H Youth…
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How Teens Are Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new survey shows that teen mental health has suffered from social distancing and the widespread uncertainty brought by the coronavirus outbreak. The survey, commissioned by National 4‑H Council and conducted by the Harris Poll, reveals the majority of teens are experiencing mental health issues right now — and are often unsure of where to turn…

4 for 4: Wade Miquelon, President and CEO of JOANN Stores

Since joining National 4‑H Council 14 years ago, I’ve had the honor of meeting and building relationships with 4‑H alumni and supporters who are serving and leading with purpose. I thought now would be a great opportunity to reconnect with my colleagues for a new virtual series, 4 for 4. 4 questions. The concept of…

4‑H at Home: Creative Writing, Abstract Art & Jewelry Making

Kids will discover and unlock their creativity with this week’s lessons in photography, creative writing, jewelry making, and abstract art! Visit the links to learn more about the activity and check back every Monday for new ideas and hands-on, educational resources for all young people. Creative Writing Recommended age: Grades 3-12 Courtesy of Purdue University,…

4‑H at Home: Gardening, Exercise & Wildlife

This week’s activities feature lessons in exercise, gardening and wildlife. Visit the links to learn more about the activity and check back every Monday for new ideas and hands-on, educational resources for all young people. Indoor & Outdoor Gardening Projects Recommended age: Grades Pre-K-12 Courtesy of University of Maine, Maine 4‑H Spark an interest in…
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4‑H Alumni Profile: Richard Maltsbarger

Originally published for University of Missouri Extension.   “In good times, 4‑H is a wonderful resource to help develop the youth of America and around the world. In hard times, like what we’re going to feel through this crisis and into the coming recession, that value expands exponentially,” said Richard Maltsbarger, president and CEO of…
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The Voices We Need to Hear Right Now

The last few days have been challenging for all of America. Like many, I was overcome with emotions as I witnessed the video footage of George Floyd’s final breaths. My thoughts and prayers immediately went out to the African American community, especially young people of color, who endure the pain and injustice of racism again…

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