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!
Amidst a difficult move to a new school where she didn’t feel she fit in with her peers, Madelyn Zimmerman found a safe space with her cattle. That same year, an incurable disease wiped out nearly half her herd, leaving her feeling devastated, voiceless, lost,...
Elizabeth Weidner is no stranger to adversity. At age 12, she was diagnosed with stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma cancer and spent much of the past four and half years in and out of the hospital. Instead of letting these obstacles hold her back, they...
At a young age, Mayyadah Zagelow struggled with her mental health through 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,...
In the spring of 2013, Aidan Spencer weathered more trials than many people experience in a lifetime. A house fire, family illness and debilitating car crash left Aidan feeling alone and hopeless. That’s when his friends invited him to join their 4‑H robotics club. Within...
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...
Drachen Koester from Missouri has always been interested in bees and their importance in our lives. When chosen to be a State Teen Leader for the Ag Innovators Experience, Drachen attended a national training to learn all about bees and new teaching methods. This experience...
As a child, Maria Lonneman was uncomfortable in social situations that were not predictable. 4‑H helped her to overcome many of the challenges she faced with Autism and allowed her to use her passion for sewing to help her community. Noting the stability and comfort...
4‑H helped Reed Marcum gain the self-confidence, public speaking and leadership skills he needed to organize three different service initiatives to support needs he recognized in his community. His 4‑H book bag giveaway collected more than 4,000 book bags and school supplies to give to...
After attending the Illinois 4‑H Hunger Summit, Erin Kistner was shocked to learn learn that nearly 2.3 million households in rural communities faced food insecurity. She shared what she had learned at the training with some other students at her high school and found that...
Danika Gordon realized that you can’t let bullies keep you down. She wanted to do something to combat the bullying she had experienced at a young age and to help others who are in similar situations, so she took on the challenge of writing a...
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...
Ashini Modi is passionate about educating kids about reading and science. While volunteering at a local homeless shelter for families, she discovered that the kids there did not have access to a library. Ashini took action and transformed a storage room at the homeless shelter...
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