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Celebrating 4‑H Grown Alumna Martha Ann Miller

As we continue our spotlight of 4‑H Grown alumni and sharing the impact 4‑H has had on their lives, we are excited to celebrate a very special 4‑H alumna, Martha Ann Miller, who will be celebrating her 105th birthday on August 6! Martha Ann Miller is a phenomenal woman who is a strong part of…

Alumni Leaders: Lazarus Lynch

Lazarus Lynch is only 22, but he’s already making waves in the culinary world. Lazarus, whose father owned a restaurant, now offers healthier takes on classic soul food on his website, Son of a Southern Chef. He has appeared on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, and he’s working on a cookbook. Unsurprisingly, he’s…

So 4‑H Grows True Leaders

I’m told that 4‑H grows true leaders. When the slogan was first announced a few folks said to me, “Is it that 4‑H grows the leaders or that the leaders just excel in 4‑H?” Perhaps it is a bit of both. I mean, you have to have talent to be great. Yet I’ve known quite…
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How Learning Healthy Habits Can Help Kids Become True Leaders

4‑H believes that True Leaders are healthy leaders. Not only are young people speaking up when it comes to promoting health, but being healthy helps us all reach our full leadership potential. For more on the connection between healthy living and leadership, we spoke with Becky Johnson, the executive director of the Healthy Weight Commitment…

True Leaders Tackle Mental Health through Text, Talk, Act

4‑H is committed to helping youth across the nation respond to challenges every day in their communities and world. A key component of this is ensuring healthy minds for our 4‑H’ers. Given that ¾ of all mental health issues present themselves before age 24, and that only 1 in 4 Americans seek treatment for mental…

4‑H and Disney Connect Kids to Nature

On April 19th, the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) celebrated its 20th anniversary by launching its Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time initiative. The effort builds on the conservation work DCF has been doing over the last two decades, and brings focus to two specific impact areas: 1) reversing the decline of 10 animals including African…

4‑H STEM Learning Opportunities: Charging Stations for Youth

It’s no secret that our economy is rapidly shifting, and as 4‑H educators we are starting to become cognizant of the fact that computer science is a “new basic skill” essential for economic opportunity and social mobility. The White House recently launched the Computer Science For All initiative to empower all young people to learn…

Ruwanthi Ekanayake: Blossoming Through 4‑H

This year, I am honored to be the recipient of the National 4‑H Youth in Action Pillar Award in Healthy Living as well as the overall National Youth in Action Award. As such, I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of Grow True Leaders Week, kick starting 4‑H’s national campaign to raise awareness…

Jacob Shuman: A Positive Role Model

I was honored to receive the 2016 Youth in Action Award in Agriculture and Animal Sciences. Ru, Thad and Lexie are outstanding 4‑H youth true leaders and I am pleased to have met them and respect them greatly. I am deeply humbled by this recognition for my 10 years that I have spent in 4‑H.…

Thaddeus Hughes: Inspiring Youth to Reach Higher

It feels fulfilling to be selected as the Youth in Action STEM Pillar award winner, sponsored by HughesNet. After years of learning, fun, and hard work, it is a great honor for the merits of my accomplishments as a 4‑H’er to be recognized on a national level. A greater honor than the award itself was…

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