4‑H Youth in Action Program

The 4‑H Youth in Action program amplifies the diverse stories and leadership of 4‑H youth who are making a difference in their communities every day. It is a premiere community of 4‑H’ers who are preparing for their future while showcasing how 4‑H changed their lives and equipped them to change the lives of others.

Each year, program participants receive an exciting year of media training and national opportunities to share their 4‑H story and leadership.

All Youth in Action Program applicants will receive:

  • Media, interview, and storytelling training from National 4‑H professionals.
  • Admission into our national 4‑H story database; providing potential national multi-media and spokesperson opportunities.

Four Award Winners will receive:

  • A $5,000 scholarship for higher education, to be paid directly to the institution, including two-year and four-year colleges, trade schools or other advanced learning opportunities.
  • A year of personal professional and media development, training, and networking opportunities and national opportunities to serve as a spokesperson and key thought leader in your program area.
  • All-expenses paid trips for each award winner & a chaperone to travel as the national youth spokesperson.
  • An official reference letter from a National 4‑H Council leader for educational or career purposes.

About the Youth in Action Application

Applications will open on January 30, 2023 and close March 27, 2023. We will also be hosting webinars for 4H Professionals on February 1, 2023 at 1:00pm ET and on February 22, 2023 at 6:00pm ET for parents and applicants.

  • To learn more about the program and application, please attend our webinars:
  • All applicants and their 4‑H educators are offered access to Media, Interview, and Storytelling Training from National 4‑H professionals. Apply today for exclusive registration!

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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 Program winners comes from every corner of America and are impacting their local communities in astounding ways. Check out 4‑H Youth in Action Program finalists below!

2023 Winners

Matias Habib

Agriculture

Matias Habib never aimed to be a leader of sustainable agriculture. However, when the invasive species Japanese Beetle devastated his family’s orchard, Matias spent his summer applying his 4‑H Entomology knowledge to study natural methods to combat the beetle. He presented his research at the...

Sruthi Sudarsan

Civic Engagement

As a child, Sruthi struggled to speak due to her social anxiety, but she found her voice and confidence through her 4‑H club’s puppetry and public speaking projects. Empowered by her 4‑H community and impassioned to civic engagement, Sruthi has in turn taken her rightful...

Norah Carter

Healthy Living

Growing up with a disability saw Norah Carter consistently underestimated. When she discovered competitive therapeutic horseback riding through her local 4‑H club, Norah seized her spark and derived a world of new opportunities. She quickly developed confidence, leadership skills and a dedication to community service...

Nicole Cash

STEM

Like many LGBTQ youth across the country, Nicole experienced rejection and personal loss after coming out. Through 4‑H, she found refuge – a place to belong, helping her discover her passion for nature while cultivating her exceptional leadership skills. These skills proved essential when a...

2023 Finalists

Elaan Bader

Elaan Bader

Agriculture

Elaan attributes the spark she has for agriculture and the global health of pollinators to 4‑H. Armed with a can-do attitude and a belief the one person can make a difference, 4‑H has provided her opportunities and experiences that have honed her public speaking, creative...

Evelyn Day

Evelyn Day

Agriculture

In 2017, with Hurricane Irma barreling towards the Florida coast, Evelyn wanted to help. She reached out to Florida 4‑H and offered space at her farm for animals who needed refuge during evacuations. After a 4‑H’er took her up on the offer, Evelyn learned that...

Amiyah Elam

Amiyah Elam

Civic Engagement

Amiya Elam would not be who she is today without 4‑H. She remembers being a little girl with a big voice and not knowing how to centralize it. From the start, she enthusiastically dove into every 4‑H opportunity offered, but the most pivotal and influential...

Reed Marcum

Reed Marcum

Civic Engagement

4‑H helped Reed Marcum gain the self-confidence, public speaking and leadership skills to organize service initiatives, supporting needs in his community. In 7 years, his 4‑H book bag giveaway has collected more than 27,000 book bags and school supplies to give to students in need....

Jayden Ingalls

Jayden Ingalls

Healthy Living

Jayden has always loved how food fosters community, culture, fellowship and joy. Growing up he struggled to find opportunities to expand his culinary education. Through 4‑H, he found the support of an entire community and was provided the experiences that allow him to explore his...

Avani Rai

Avani Rai

Healthy Living

Avani’s passion for public speaking didn’t come easily, but it opened up a whole new world to her. On a small stage in Illinois, Avani found her voice and dove into all 4‑H has to offer. As her passion for public speaking and leadership grew,...

Michael Trees

Michael Trees

STEM

Living in a rural area, Michael didn’t always have the same resources or opportunities as other kids. Being homeschooled meant no formal computer class or laboratory access for STEM learning. What they did have, however, was a spark to ignite a partnership between their local...

Ronak Suchindra

Ronak Suchindra

STEM

With a passion for volunteering and teaching, Ronak believes 4‑H has shown him the value of giving back to his community. Developing a neighborhood program of successful coding workshops during Covid led him to establish Kids Connect—a non-profit aimed at empowering youth with the skills...

2022 Award Recipients

Tashina Red Hawk

Agriculture

Brianna Attey Mouanjo

Civic Engagement

Kristin Osika

Healthy Living

Dhruv Rebba

STEM

2021 Award Recipients

Madelyn Zimmerman

Agriculture

Elizabeth Weidner

Civic Engagement

Mayyadah Zagelow

Healthy Living

Aidan Spencer

STEM

2020 Award Recipients

Janya Green

Agriculture

Breanna Burkhead

Civic Engagement

Micah Palacios

Healthy Living

Joseph Huff

STEM

2019 Award Recipients

Clyde Van Dyke

STEM & National Winner

Mason McClintock

Civic Engagement

Addy Battel

Agriculture

Elisabeth Watkins

Healthy Living

2018 Award Recipients

Cassandra Ivie

National Youth in Action Program and STEM Pillar

Serena Woodard

Agriculture Pillar

Kyra-Lee Harry

Civic Engagement Pillar

Sophia Rodriguez

Healthy Living Pillar

2017 Award Recipients

Amelia Day

National Youth in Action Program and Civic Engagement Pillar

Samuel Sugarman

Agriculture Pillar

Bryanne Sanchez

Healthy Living Pillar

Ava Lonneman

STEM Pillar

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