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Creating Opportunity in the Midst of Uncertainty

By Jennifer Sirangelo | February 11, 2021
In February 2020, 4‑H commemorated Black History Month by featuring the stories of 4‑H alumni and Cooperative Extension* leaders at 1890 land grant universities**. It was an honor to tell their stories and highlight the great work of their institutions. But so much has changed in the last year. Priorities have shifted, programs have realigned,… Read More
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Are You Changing the World?

By Kittrina Thompson | February 8, 2021
Now more than ever, the world needs young people. We need their leadership, their compassion, and their drive. In fact, 78% of Gen Zer’s feel it is important to be seen as someone who stands up for what they believe in. For over 100 years, 4‑H has equipped young people with the skills they need… Read More
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The Role of Higher Education in Eliminating the Opportunity Gap

By Jennifer Sirangelo | February 4, 2021
Meet Dr. Robert Jones, Chancellor of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a proud Georgia 4‑H alumnus, and member of National 4‑H Council’s Board of Trustees. A son of a sharecropper in the Jim Crow era of southwestern Georgia, he established himself as a successful scientist, renowned scholar, award-winning musical artist, and today, spearheads innovative research in… Read More
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Black History Month: Celebrating Innovation, Diversity & Leadership

By Jennifer Sirangelo | January 29, 2021
For more than 100 years, 4‑H has helped young people develop the skills that led them to successful careers and contributions to their communities. Today, they are industry leaders, activists and experts who use their influence to pay it forward and help eliminate the opportunity gap for communities and kids across the country. To commemorate… Read More
Elizabeth Weidner Illinois 4‑H 2021 4‑H Youth in Action Civic Engagement Pillar Winner

Cancer Doesn’t Define Me, and 2020 Won’t Define Us

By Elizabeth Weidner | January 6, 2021
I’ve proudly recited the 4‑H pledge since I was 9 years old. But, much of my 4‑H experience has been unconventional. I’ve attended virtual 4‑H meetings before “Zoom” became a household name; completed fair projects from the St. Louis Children’s Hospital while waiting for a bone marrow transplant; attended conferences and helped judge fair projects… Read More

Land-Grant University Leader and 4‑H Young Alum Elected as Representatives to the National 4‑H Council Board of Trustees

By National 4-H Council | December 15, 2020

National 4‑H Council has announced the election of two new leaders to its Board of Trustees  –  Dr. Jon Boren, Associate Dean and Director of New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, and Abby Durheim, 4‑H Young Alumni Advisory Committee member and a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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4‑H Receives $3 Million Grant from the Walmart Foundation to Improve Health Equity in Communities Across the Country

By National 4-H Council | November 30, 2020

The Walmart Foundation awarded a $3 million grant to National 4‑H Council to help reach more than 269,000 youth, families, 4‑H professionals and volunteers across the country with essential nutrition education through the 4‑H Healthy Habits program. The program focuses on rural and underserved communities to leverage youth – and their voices – as catalysts to build healthier lifestyles with education and activities in nutrition, wellness, cooking skills, physical activity and budgeting.

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Ways to Give for a Better Future

By Kittrina Thompson | November 19, 2020
Amid the challenges and obstacles of 2020, one thing we’ve learned is that we all are holding on to hope for a better future—even if that future is a month away. This sentiment is even more true for young people. For 118 years, 4‑H has been there to help all kids achieve their dreams and… Read More
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National 4 H Council Awarded $3 Million to Support 4 H at Home

By National 4-H Council | November 16, 2020

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) announced last week an investment of more than $10.5 million to support educators at technical schools, community and junior colleges, and youth development programs, including Cooperative Extension’s 4‑H program. USDA-NIFA will invest in eight regional and national projects, including a $3 million grant to National 4‑H Council to support the continued development of 4‑H at Home, Cooperative Extension’s positive youth development digital platform on 4‑H.org.

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