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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 participants come 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!

2024

winners

Katie Collins

Growing up on a dairy farm, Katie has always had an interest in animals and agriculture. She hasn’t, however, always had the confidence and sense of belonging she now possesses. Being mixed race, Katie felt immediately judged by her skin color and not who she is inside...

Avani Rai

Persuaded to join a public speaking project at 10 years old, Avani Rai describes the experience as feeling like her world was about to end. In reality, it had just begun. Through 4-H, Avani found her spark in using her voice and never looked back. This passion for public speaking...

Reed Marcum

Reed Marcum found his spark with his first 4-H leader by his side. Encouraged to enter a 4-H speech contest, Reed found his voice. Gaining confidence and courage as his speaking and leadership skills improved, Reed expanded his social circle, made new friends and discovered...

Amiyah Elam

A self-described “fourth grade little girl with a big voice,” Amiyah Elam learned to make a big impact with her voice through 4-H. Amiyah’s vocal “training” with 4-H began in the prestigious Georgia 4-H performing arts group, Clovers & Company. Through the performing arts group...

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2024

finalists

Michaela Auyeung

As the youngest of three, Michaela didn’t always feel like she had her own voice or sense of identity. Joining 4-H was something her siblings had done, so she followed in their footsteps. Turns out, Michaela discovered a sense of self...

Esther Bonney

Raised with the cornerstone values of hard work, grit and determination, Esther always knew she could accomplish whatever she put her mind to. Looking for direction and wanting to be part of something bigger...

Mahi Gupta

Mahi’s path of community service and leadership began with joining 4-H’s Be the Change Club that promotes volunteering and Puppy Tails Club which trains and fosters puppies to serve as guide dogs for the seeing impaired. Through 4-H’s States International program...

Venya Gunjal

Over the course of nearly ten years, Venya has perfected the art of balance. Juggling her personal life and a demanding academic schedule, she's become a master of both domains—and her time with 4-H has...

Jenessa Dugger

Whether she’s leading a workshop, judging a 4-H contest or assisting with a service project, Jenessa is focused on working hard and being a good listener. Having struggled with severe anxiety and heart issues as a young person...

Kaitlyn Culbert

Known as the “Bee-Girl”, New Jersey 4-H member Kaitlyn “Katie” Culbert is passionate about pollinators. As the leader of the first beekeeping club in her county, Kaitlyn’s 4-H outreach efforts...

Pranav Kalidindi

Always a very shy child, Pranav joined the 4-H Innovation Club to pursue his deep interest in STEM. Presenting his projects not only gave him confidence but excellent public speaking skills. Realizing many youth in his community were also passionate about STEM but lacked the guidance...

Clara Kee

Joining 4-H in the first grade, Clara found a place to thrive, finding her spark in unexpected places like baking, sewing, art and public speaking. Clara discovered a world where she not only fit in but felt welcome and excelled. Understanding the feeling of being on the outside, Clara had a special desire...

Kashvi Ramani

A born writer, Kashvi wasn’t always confident with her skills. She jumped into 4-H presenting a piece called The Power of Poetry at a Presentation Day event. Little did she know the power and influence poetry would have in her own life. Armed with a growing assurance...

Ronak Suchindra

4-H has had a huge impact on Ronak’s life. Joining at the age of eight after attending a fair, Ronak’s first joined the 4-H Lego Robotics club, where he now serves as a team captain with advanced robotic skills and competes at a national level...

Megan Moore

As a young person with anxiety, Megan decided to take steps to overcome her mental health challenges—so she started small and joined her local 4-H club. Surprising herself, Megan thrived and developed the fundamental skills that shaped her into a confident young...

Vishal Swamy

Vishal has always loved nature but didn’t have the opportunity to explore his passion to the fullest. Feeling like he was overlooking the world around him, Vishal joined the 4-H steward program and quickly discovered his love...

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