Riding It Forward: Believe in Yourself

RIF Alyssa Summary

What an amazing day at the National 4-H Headquarters. The send-off ceremony to start the ride was something you would see in a movie. The National 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors, Noah (a.k.a. Bingo), NBC’s Biggest Loser Teenage Ambassador, my father, Henry Sr., my brother, Henry, and my amazing friend, Griffin Gonzalez, cause marketing director at National 4-H Council, were all there to unfold this dream and see Riding It Forward become reality.

Support 4-H Liberia During Ebola Crisis

4-H Liberia School Group

4-H serves youth around the world in Africa, Asia, and Europe, providing resources to fight hunger and support sustainable living. The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus is threatening the progress and success of 4-H Liberia. It is projected that 4-H Liberia needs a minimum of $600 a month to operate regularly and successfully throughout the remainder of the year. With the help of U.S. 4-H clubs and supporters, 4-H Liberia is working to reach their goal of $3,000 to continue serving youth eager to learn and grow in their communities.

Topic: Citizenship

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4-H and My Wildly Unanticipated Life

Jamaica 4-H Sign

It’s so easy to forget the meaning of words that we often recite. I’m no different; as a lifelong 4-Her, I’ve recited the 4-H pledge too many times to count. I’ve literally gone through the motions of the pledge. At every meeting and gathering, we pledge parts of ourselves for the good of the whole, which is something radical in our often too individualistic society. The first time I heard the 4-H pledge at a meeting in rural Jamaica, I was struck by how meaningful these words really are.

Topic: 4-H Alumni

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For 4-H Professionals: Innovation Starts with You

We’re all in this to make the best better; doing so means being innovative and it starts with you—the leader. Doing something new is uncertain. Last year’s programs worked, and you’re fairly certain they will work again (or you wouldn’t do them…again). But how do you start something new and innovative?

Life Lessons and the Ultimate Premium

No matter what profession you go into there will always be someone with more money, talent or luck than you. Happiness and contentment cannot be defined by being the most successful or winning first place. If that is what is most important to you, your life will be more frustrating than satisfying. The pursuit of success or first place is not a bad thing, but it should not be the only thing. True happiness is found from doing the best you can with what you have.

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