In 4‑H, you’ve developed your passion. You’ve found your purpose. You’ve inspired others – and now you’re moving forward. Share how 4‑H propelled you to change your community and you could earn a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards!
Learn more about the 2020 4‑H Youth in Action Pillar Winners and Finalists here.
The 2021 Youth in Action Awards application is now closed.
4‑H Youth in Action Awards
The 4‑H Youth in Action Program recognizes four confident young leaders with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives in our core pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM.
Each year, Pillar Winners will experience an exciting year of telling their 4‑H story and celebrating their leadership. Winners receive:
- $5,000 higher education scholarship
- Promotional video showcasing their 4‑H impact story
- All-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards
- Networking opportunities with 4‑H celebrities and other prominent alumni
- Recognition as the official 4‑H youth spokesperson for their pillar
4‑H is proud to share the diverse stories and unique perspectives of 4‑H’ers who are leaders in their communities. 4‑H Youth in Action Award winners comes from every corner of America and are impacting their local communities in astounding ways. Check out 4‑H Youth in Action Award winners and finalists below!
Growing up on her family’s farm, Janya Green knows first-hand about agriculture and the challenges America’s farmers face. Her interest in agriculture channeled into a passion for service when she met Sam, her 4‑H mentor, who not only exposed her to a budding community garden...
Breanna Burkhead became passionate about art through the 4‑H Art Club at her local art center. But when the art council lost use of the art center building, the future of art in the community was in jeopardy. When Breanna heard a public meeting would...
At just nine years old, Micah Palacios was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease that attacked her hair follicles. Before her 10th birthday, she lost 75% of her hair and, most importantly, lost her self-confidence, leading to anxiety and depression. But the older 4‑H’ers...
Joseph Huff became passionate about helping people in need as he watched his father, a stroke survivor, struggle to use his stroke-affected right hand. As that passion was growing, Joseph began to get involved in 3D printing through 4‑H. Little did he know, these two...
Reagan Stephens is passionate about cultivating self-confidence in youth. She knows first-hand about bullying in middle school, so she now teaches kindness, resilience, self-respect and respect for others through her program, “Ride with Reagan”. At her riding lessons and 4‑H horse camp, she teaches younger...
Though difficult life circumstances could have made Shannon Hale the victim in her story, diving into the world of 4‑H transformed her from victim to changemaker. As a child, she couldn’t always speak up for herself but armed with her 4‑H experiences, Shannon now seeks...
When she was eight years old, a group of veterans opened Sara Gardner’s eyes to the importance of civic engagement as they taught her about flag etiquette at her local 4‑H meeting. That meeting, combined with the skills she gained in 4‑H, sparked a passion for veterans’ affairs that...
At a young age, Mayyadah Zagelow struggled with anxiety and selective mutism, unable to express her thoughts at school and in other environments. Combined with bullying at school by those she had once considered friends, Mayyadah felt isolated and betrayed. That’s when she joined 4‑H,...
When confronted with the reality that a 13-year-old – just like her brother – had passed away from vaping, Madelyn Smith realized that just one destructive decision could have devastating consequences. As an Ohio 4‑H Healthy Living Advocate, she realized she had the platform and...
When she was prescribed opioids after a surgery at age 12, Mia Mitchell was thankful her parents helped her use the medicine correctly. She didn’t fully understand then how a helpful medicine could lead to the deaths of hundreds of young people each year. When...
From a young age, Aja Capel has been a hands-on, out-of-the-box thinker and learner. Her learning differences made classroom life difficult, and it seemed that every door was closing to her desires to learn. But when she met her local 4‑H STEM leader, Aja finally...
It wasn’t until Lavendar Harris got involved in her community through 4‑H that she saw a great lack of diversity in educational opportunities. While she had been heavily exposed to opportunities in STEM through her homeschool curriculum, she realized that many youth – especially underrepresented...
2020 Award Recipients
2019 Award Recipients
Clyde Van Dyke
STEM & National Winner
2018 Award Recipients
National Youth in Action Award and STEM Pillar
Civic Engagement Pillar
Healthy Living Pillar
2017 Award Recipients
National Youth in Action Award and Civic Engagement Pillar