National 4‑H Council Receives Transformational $50 Million Gift from MacKenzie Scott
As partner to Cooperative Extension’s 4‑H program, we are pleased to share the news of a transformational, $50 million gift to National 4‑H Council from writer and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Because of 4‑H’s expansive reach into every US county, parish, and territory, this investment will support positive youth development for millions of kids and families.
Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott—whose ex-husband Jeff Bezos founded Amazon—has pledged to donate a record $50 million to the National 4‑H Council, an agriculturally focused youth organization that serves six million children nationwide.
Digital Skills Legislation
Passage of the Senate’s bipartisan, comprehensive infrastructure bill, with $65 billion in new broadband investments, would mean enormous progress in closing this digital divide and thus leveling the playing field for millions of young Americans.
National 4‑H Council CEO, Jennifer Sirangelo authors a Forbes article as a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council.
4‑H and the Harris Poll Release Survey Results on the Digital Divide
Data reveals that teens believe broadband access is critical to leveling the playing field for pandemic recovery and economic development in their communities.
4‑H's leaders and partners addressing the biggest questions in tech.
Members of the U.S. House may want to make note of this: Most teenagers believe unreliable access to high-speed internet and lack of digital skills are driving economic and social inequities in their communities, according to a Harris poll sponsored by the National 4‑H Council and a coalition that includes Land O’Lakes, Microsoft and Verizon.
Seventy-four percent of teenagers believe the government should play a key role in making sure all Americans have access to broadband, according to a survey conducted by the Harris Poll for the National 4‑H Council and the 4‑H Tech Changemakers coalition, which includes Microsoft and Verizon.
4‑H & Google Expand Access to Free Computer Science Education to One Million Youth
National 4‑H Council announced a new $6 million collaboration with Google to bring computer science (CS) education to underserved youth across the country. The collaboration will expand the 4‑H Computer Science (CS) Career Pathway to reach more than one million youth over the next three years, with a focus on rural youth and populations that have traditionally had limited access to CS education.
4‑H News Highlights
In this Fast Company op-ed, National 4‑H Council President and CEO, Jennifer Sirangelo, explains why it’s vital that we ensure all adolescents have access to high-speed internet.
The New York Times discusses how coronavirus has thwarted summertime fairs, a tradition for many 4‑H'ers who work on farms all year for their moment in the ring.
The 4‑H Legacy Awards dinner was scheduled for March 25 at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C. Read in the Chronicle of Philanthropy how 4‑H turned this 400-person event into an inspiring virtual moment.
During the time of virtual learning for America’s kids, National 4‑H Council President & CEO Jennifer Sirangelo joined Microsoft president Brad Smith and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah to discuss access to learning during COVID-19.
National 4‑H Council President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo is featured as one of the top women who is pioneering the future of the agriculture industry for generations to come.
Tennessee 4‑H alumnus and New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson is featured in the December issue of Sports Illustrated Kids! Pick up a copy to read how he is using his passion for farming to pay it forward, and learn more about his 4‑H story in his Day in the Life video.
An interview with Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, a prominent 4‑H alum, and noted “Hardware Boss” of Facebook on his efforts in promoting STEM and the promising future of AR/VR, connectivity and entrepreneurship in education.
Jarrett Allen, a center for the Brooklyn Nets, is sharing his passion for technology and coding to students in 4‑H, a youth development and mentoring program. Sheinelle Jones reports for TODAY.
Fox 5 DC interviews California 4‑H leader Justin Lehnert, who taught the wilderness survival class that helped two young girls survive uninjured when lost for two days.
In the 2018 book “Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good,” Ohio State professor Stephen Gavazzi and West Virginia president E. Gordon Gee sought to clarify the 21st-century mission of America’s land-grant universities. Interviews with 27 land-grant presidents and chancellors generated a core set of themes related to the current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing our nation’s first public universities, with special emphasis on the ways in which these institutions were meeting the needs of communities.
IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball fought to save his family’s avocado farm from destruction. Now he’s eager to rebuild—and spread the joys of eating his favorite food.
The Carrico sisters, who are 5 and 8 years old, knew something about wilderness survival thanks to their experiences in 4‑H. According to NPR, the sisters put their 4‑H "skills to use after getting lost during a walk in the woods Friday afternoon in pursuit of a deer trail."
For more than 100 years, 4‑H has been the nation’s leading youth organization to welcome young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving youth voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better. These values are an inherent part of the 4‑H program since our founding when too often the perspectives and potential of young people were overlooked in improving their communities. As a result, a powerful program called 4‑H was created and has grown to empower nearly six million kids across the country today willing to take on societal issues such as addressing community health inequities, advancing innovations in technology, engaging in civil discourse and advocating for equity and inclusion for all.
The Web Marketing Association honored National 4‑H Council with a 2018 Web Award for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development.
To celebrate National Ag Day, Jennifer Sirangelo, National 4‑H Council President & CEO, joined Dr. Mae Jemison, engineer, physician and NASA astronaut and the first African American woman to travel in space, on CNBC’s Squawk Box, to bring to light the need to prepare the next generation for tomorrow’s global challenges by exposing young people to agri-science and STEM programs. This segment highlights the recent Bayer/4‑H survey findings being released, discusses the critical need to build a strong talent pipeline in agriculture, and highlights 4‑H and Bayer’s efforts to boost education and interest in agri-science.
STEM Magazine, an online monthly education magazine, designed for educators, students K-16 and parents, featured 4‑H STEM Lab in its July edition. With the support of HughesNet, STEM Lab is an online resource that provides fun, hands-on STEM activities for kids of all ages.
In this video clip, 4‑H’er Forrest Perkins explains Maine's Tech Changemaker project to help combat food insecurity on RFD-TV's national morning show, Market Day Report.
The American Marketing Association (AMA) and the American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF), named Artis Stevens, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, National 4‑H Council, as the recipient of the 2018 Nonprofit Marketer of the Year Award.
In its July 2017 cover story, Chronicle of Philanthropy shares how 4‑H's revamped brand helped boost support and alumni appeal.
This story highlights how 4‑H made such a life-changing impact in Aubrey's life and on where she is today.
National 4‑H Council is named in Fast Company's annual list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business! Earning the No. 46 spot for “raising new leaders,” Jennifer Sirangelo, Council president and CEO, represents 4‑H for its outstanding work to empower youth with the skills needed for life today and for careers tomorrow.
4‑H National Youth Science Day
Scientific American's Budding Scientist blog takes a closer look at 4‑H NYSD.
Google.org spokesperson Hannah Peter and Artis Stevens, the chief marketing officer at National 4‑H Council, discuss how their organizations are bringing technology to students.