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4‑H Alumni Spotlight: Elizabeth Riley

Wood shavings, goat hair, and judging notebooks characterized my summers growing up, rather than the traditional sunscreen and bathing suits. I spent most of my time with Sarah, Ace, Geoffrey, and Habanero — all sheep or goats in our show string. My 4‑H career spanned nearly every conceivable event and team. I sewed, judged livestock,…

Pledge to Youth: 4‑H Youth Meet the POTUS

It’s a 4‑H tradition. 4‑H’ers have met with every U.S. President dating back to 1912 when President William Howard Taft was in office. These are life-changing moments for 4‑H youth across the country to meet and greet our nation’s leaders. Today, that tradition continued, as 4‑H’ers from Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland and Utah…
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4‑H Parent POV: When James Met Goldie, and Seven Others

A family friend had some chickens on his farm and offered to give four to James. One, in particular, was getting hen-pecked by the other chickens in the flock. Her name was Goldie. The friend said that he was rescuing her by giving her to James. When she arrived, she was missing feathers and looked…

Alumni Spotlight: Otha Thornton, President, National Parent Teacher Association

How do we strengthen the connection between family and youth development? It’s with various in-school and after-school programs that 4‑H is able to not only contribute to the upbringing of today’s youth, but to encourage greater family engagement. The work of 4‑H is beneficial to all involved—youth, parent/guardian and adult leader/mentor. So, what organization knows…
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4‑H Parent POV: James Builds a Coop

James was an energetic but sensitive young boy growing up the middle child of three boys. Although he struggled in school and had social difficulties, we provided him with support in school and at home. James had a hard time making and keeping friends, because of struggles with social perceptions. Most kids just didn’t understand…

4‑H and My Wildly Unanticipated Life

It’s so easy to forget the meaning of words that we often recite. I’m no different; as a lifelong 4‑Her, I’ve recited the 4‑H pledge too many times to count. I’ve literally gone through the motions of the pledge. At every meeting and gathering, we pledge parts of ourselves for the good of the whole,…

4‑H Alumni Spotlight: Ariel Rivers

We continue to share the amazing stories of adults who credit their experience and life lessons learned in 4‑H for influencing their lives and careers today. In this month’s Alumni Spotlight, we feature Ph.D. candidate and former California 4‑H’er Ariel Rivers. Ariel’s 10-year involvement in 4‑H has inspired a life in agriculture. Currently, she is…

Happy Birthday, Cooperative Extension System!

May 8, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, important legislation signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson that paved the way for our nation’s Cooperative Extension System. Cooperative Extension was designed as a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture and 110 land-grant universities, including Cornell, Ohio State, the University of…

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