4-H Celebrates National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month, and we pay special tribute to the individuals who give their time, energy and care to help us bring positive youth development to so many youth worldwide.4-H continues to celebrate the seven million youths whose lives and driven by the empowering learning provided by our programming. The component that makes 4-H learning and support possible is the work of dedicated volunteers and mentors.

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4-H Thanks Congress, Alumni at First 4-H Congressional Breakfast

On April 9, National 4-H Council held its first ever 4-H Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill. The event provided an opportunity for Council to share stories of 4-H youth impact with members of Congress and to thank them for their continued support of 4-H programming and learning.

Topic: Citizenship, Healthy Living

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For 4-H Professionals: Concurrent Workshops Dilemma

Have you ever attended a conference full of great workshops only to be limited by the number of sessions you can attend? And, no doubt, my top workshops of choice will be offered at the same time! I recently experienced two vastly different approaches you can take in such a dilemma.

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4-H'ers Learn About STEM Using LEGOs

4-H STEM and Legos

LEGOs can be used for many things. In Somerset County, New Jersey, 4-H'ers are using LEGOs to supplement their science, technology, engineering and applied math (STEM) education. 4-H and LEGO Robotics engages volunteers, corporate employees and science experts with 4th through 8th graders to transform simple LEGOs into robots using the LEGO NXT Mindstorms kits. Club members also have the option to compete in local, regional and national robotics competitions.

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Guest Blogger: National 4-H Council Youth Trustee Tess Hammock

Congressman Scott, Tess Hammock

In November, while in Washington, D.C. to attend a National 4-H Council Board of Trustees meeting, I traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with the Congressman.  We had a great  conversation about 4-H and the importance of youth development organizations.  I told Congressman Scott, even as a college sophomore at the University of Georgia, I was still very involved in 4-H and even spoke with his staff about a possible internship.  Little did I know his staff would reach out months later and invite me to testify before Congress.

Topic: Pledge to Youth

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