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
- Opportunities to showcase their 4 H impact story
- All-expenses paid trip to National 4 H Council event
- Networking opportunities with 4 H celebrities and other prominent alumni
- Recognition as the official 4 H youth spokesperson for their pillar
Youth in Action Award Sponsors
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 finalists below!
Tashina Red Hawk
As a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Tashina grew up with a strong appreciation for all of creation and a conviction to care for the environment, animals, and those less fortunate. She grew up loving horses, and after attending her first 4‑H County Horse...
Brianna Attey Mouanjo
Although only 18 years old, Brianna’s story is one of loss, resiliency, bravery, and hope. Brianna moved to New York at age 10 after tragically losing her mother. Not only was she processing her grief and navigating life in a new city, but as the...
At only six years old, Kristin Osika was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder which affects the small intestine. Her new strict gluten-, dairy-, and egg-free diet made her feel like a burden and outsider in many social situations, but Kristin’s experience with 4‑H...
Although always interested in robotics, coding, and engineering as a kid, Dhruv Rebba never had the opportunity to study hands-on until he joined 4‑H. After joining his 4‑H club’s robotics team in 4th grade, he was instantly hooked. Since then, Dhruv has launched two 4‑H...
At only 8 years old, Lauren Baugh discovered her passion the day her dad brought home a beehive. Since then, she’s been hooked on learning more about honeybees and pollinators. However, once she moved out to the country, Lauren realized how little her farming community...
Growing up in a long family tradition of 4‑Hers, Andrew Mullen knew the club would have a place for him. What he didn’t know is how greatly 4‑H would impact him. Naturally introverted, 4‑H gave Andrew the confidence to connect with others, pushed him to...
Trevor Martinez’s world changed just a month after being elected President of his county 4‑H club when he suffered a gunshot wound to his leg that, despite many surgeries, led to amputation. He struggled through hospital stays, physical therapy, and months away from home. During...
4‑H taught Gabby Neddermeyer that youth voices matter, but her district school boards didn’t share that same viewpoint. Determined to create a seat at the table for students like herself on district school boards, Gabby lobbied at her state capitol. After being rejected by nearly...
At the start of 2020, Olivia Hall had big plans to address food insecurity in her community, but at the onset of the pandemic, she was forced to re-strategize. She saw how the pandemic exacerbated food insecurity, while also recognizing that school and business closures...
After being bullied as a child, Samantha Whysong created an anti-bullying curriculum to help prevent the loneliness and seclusion she experienced. After talking with a 4‑H leader, she developed “Jumping Over Bullies”, a curriculum for elementary students. She incorporates her dwarf miniature horse,...
4‑H gave Emilee Coxsey a place to overcome bullying and equipped her to create a place of belonging for others. As a baby, Emilee Coxsey underwent sight-saving surgery, but she was constantly bullied as a kid because of the scar it left behind. Her...
CJ Harris used to be so shy his mouth would dry up when it came time to speak. Today, thanks to 4‑H, he has become a confident teacher and leader in his community and state. When CJ learned that 3D printing could effectively and...