4‑H TODAY

4‑H Youth in Action: Epitomizing 4‑H Youth Empowerment and Leadership

As the deadline is quickly approaching to apply for the 2016 YIA Awards, and 4‑H’ers across the country are preparing to submit their applications to be chosen as one of four 4‑H YIA recipients, National 4‑H Council caught up with the 2015 award winner and New York 4‑H’er Nosa Akol. At an early age, Nosa was…

4‑H NYSD Supporter Spotlight: Lockheed Martin

Career opportunities in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are available far and wide, however, according to a recent study, America is not keeping pace with the current and projected demand for graduates with STEM skills and training. This need is even more prevalent amongst women and minorities, who are significantly under-represented in STEM degrees…

4‑H Expert Series: Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, USDA

Encouraging young people nationwide to reach their full potential is the number one priority for 4‑H. It is critical that today’s youth are introduced to, and encouraged to pursue the career paths that they may be unaware of or feel are unattainable. Sparking interest in agriculture and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is even…
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4‑H Parent POV: James Experiences Loss and Acceptance

James was growing older, and he was busy going to school, spending time with his friends and 4‑H club. When he had a difficult day at school, he could always go into the coop and hang with his “girls.” They trusted and depended on him every day, and they would always make him feel better.…

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,…

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