4‑H TODAY

4‑H Mentor Q&A: Lakeisha Johnson

National 4‑H Council is proud to honor 4‑H mentors who have changed the lives of youth in their communities by serving as role models, educators, life coaches and friends. Today we feature the Alabama 4‑H LIFE Mentoring Program at Alabama A&M University, serving Alabama’s Calhoun and Madison counties. Since its development at Alabama Cooperative Extension…

Goal Setting for the New Year: Ask a 4‑H Member

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Did you set goals for 2016, or were you too discouraged from past goal setting attempts to even try? Many people feel inspired around the New Year but feel puzzled about how to set clear and attainable goals. If you are confused…

4‑H: Empowering a Nation of True Leaders – Part 1

California 4‑H Erika is a California 4‑H volunteer and a mother of two children who both participate in 4‑H. Here’s her story: “4‑H is very important to me, and gives me the opportunity to help my community. It is also an opportunity to support my two children in educational programs. I volunteer at many events…

4‑H: Empowering a Nation of True Leaders – Part 2

We continue our celebration of 4‑H youth impact across the nation, here are just a few of the many ways 4‑H empowered youth and built true leaders in 2015. Jerry, a Mississippi 4‑H’er, serves as a Youth Health Ambassador with Alcorn State Eat4‑Health Program: “I have been in 4‑H for 3-1/2 years. During that time,…

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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