About 4‑H Youth in Action Awards

The 4‑H Youth in Action Awards Program gives youth the chance to share their stories of how 4‑H has changed their lives and how they have made a difference in their communities.

The program honors four young people who embody 4‑H youth empowerment & leadership in each of the four 4‑H Pillar Areas: Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living and STEM (one per pillar). Each Pillar Winner will experience an exciting year of telling their 4‑H story and celebrating their leadership.

Applicants for the 4‑H Youth in Action Awards should be 4‑H’ers or recent alumni ages 16-19, and the program is open to youth of all types of 4‑H programs.

Application guidelines for the 2018 4‑H Youth in Action Awards are available now. The application will be open for submission August 1 to October 23, 2017.

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4‑H Youth in Action Prizes

4‑H Youth in Action Pillar winners will receive the following –

  • $5,000 scholarship for higher education
  • Customized promotional video showcasing their 4‑H impact story
  • All-expenses-paid trip to the National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C.
  • Networking opportunities with 4‑H celebrities and other prominent alumni
  • Recognition as the official 4‑H youth spokesperson for their pillar.

One Pillar Winner will be selected as the 4‑H Youth in Action National Award Winner and will receive an additional scholarship for higher education.

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2017 Youth in Action National Winner


Amelia Day, Fort Valley, Georgia

When Amelia Day escorted her father to an appointment at a veteran’s hospital in 2012, she didn’t know that the visit would spark an idea for a 4‑H service project that would reach far beyond her hometown. A 4‑H’er since elementary school, Amelia knew first-hand the transformative power of 4‑H;...

2017 Youth in Action Pillar Winners


Samuel Sugarman, Encinitas, California

Growing up on a farm, Samuel Sugarman realized in his teen years that youth in his San Diego suburb didn’t experience many opportunities to be outdoors. These youth were glued to cell phones, computers and television screens much of the...

Healthy Living

Bryanne Sanchez, Imperial, California

Bryanne Sanchez became an advocate for healthy living in her community as her 4‑H club’s first Healthy Living Officer. Using this platform, Bryanne sought to bring initiatives promoting a healthy lifestyle to her Club and community. As her 4‑H club’s...


Ava Lonneman, Mogadore, Ohio

Ava Lonneman, a 17-year-old 4‑H’er through Ohio State University Extension, doesn’t let gender stereotypes get in her way when it comes to pursuing her dreams. Though told in elementary school that STEM “isn’t for girls”, Ava relentlessly pursued STEM herself...

4‑H Youth in Action Guidelines

To learn more about applying for the 2018 4‑H Youth in Action Awards, check out this year’s application guidelines. The application will be open for submission August 1 to October 23, 2017.

2018 4‑H Youth in Action Guidelines


4‑H Youth in Action Toolkit

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2017 Youth in Action National Winner and Citizenship Pillar Winner, Amelia Day

2017 Youth in Action Agriculture Pillar Winner, Samuel Sugarman

2017 Youth in Action Healthy Living Pillar Winner, Bryanne Sanchez

2017 Youth in Action STEM Pillar Winner, Ava Lonneman