4‑H TODAY

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…

Lexie Lerblance: A Lifetime of Experiences

It is an exciting time for 4‑H and I am proud to be part of the Grow True Leaders Campaign. I am so blessed to have been a part of Grow True Leaders Week and am honored to have been chosen as the national 4‑H Youth in Action winner in Citizenship. Thank you, National 4‑H…

Jennifer Nettles: Helping True Leaders Find Their Passion

Grammy Award-winning singer and 4‑H alumna Jennifer Nettles spoke to youth leaders on Tuesday, April 12, during 4‑H Grow True Leaders Week at the National 4‑H Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Nettles also presented at National 4‑H Council’s 7th Annual Legacy Awards and attended 4‑H’s Congressional Breakfast where she introduced National Youth in Action Winner…

Announcing the 2016 4‑H Youth in Action Award Recipients

After receiving more than 250 outstanding submissions from youth across the country, National 4‑H Council is proud to announce the four winners of our Youth in Action Awards. These four youth exemplify the life skills 4‑H’ers are mastering across the country and the types of lasting impact 4‑H’ers are having in their families and in…
4-H Tech Wizards mentor Deborah Fajans

4‑H Mentor Q&A: Deborah Fajans

We continue celebrating and highlighting 4‑H Mentoring programs across the country, and the mentors who have changed the lives of youth in their communities by serving as role models, educators, life coaches and friends. In our final installment, we’re featuring the 4‑H Tech Wizards Mentoring Program at the University of Vermont. 4‑H Tech Wizards is…

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