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 had the extraordinary opportunity to step foot into the Oval Office to meet President Barack Obama. The visit was a particularly exciting one, as the eight phenomenal youth were joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to share how they are taking action in their communities to fight rural poverty and childhood hunger.

I was able to capture the tremendous excitement of Geneva (AK), Andres (AZ), Kashawn (GA), Kimberly (ID), Lorena (ID), Spencer (IA), Gabrielle (MD), and Jacob (UT), minutes after meeting President Obama. It was a priceless moment, and I was honored to be there with such deserving 4‑H youth who are changing lives every day.

About the Author

Jennifer Sirangelo

President & CEO - National 4‑H Council

Jennifer is a believer in young people and their capacity to change the world. As President and CEO, she leads National 4‑H Council in its mission to increase investment and participation in high-quality 4‑H positive youth development programs for millions of young people around the world. Learn about 4‑H’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.