Lexie Lerblance: A Lifetime of Experiences

Lexie Lerblance - Legacy Awards

It is an exciting time for 4-H and I am proud to be part of the Grow True Leaders Campaign. I am so blessed to have been a part of Grow True Leaders Week and am honored to have been chosen as the national 4-H Youth in Action winner in Citizenship. Thank you, National 4-H Council, for making me feel so empowered. The week was an amazing experience and one that I will treasure for a lifetime. I went into our Media Training weekend unsure and a little nervous, but left with confidence and three new friends with amazing families.




Jennifer Nettles: Helping True Leaders Find their Passion

Jennifer Nettles, Callista Clark

Grammy Award-winning singer and 4-H alumna Jennifer Nettles spoke to youth leaders on Tuesday, April 12, during 4-H Grow True Leaders Week at the National 4-H Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Nettles also presented at National 4-H Council’s 7th Annual Legacy Awards and attended 4-H’s Congressional Breakfast where she introduced National Youth in Action Winner Ruwanthi Ekanayake.




4-H Is Growing True Leaders

In 4-H, we believe that every child has the potential to be a leader, and in order to fulfill that potential they need caring adult mentors, chances to develop practical skills, and opportunities to take on leadership roles. As America’s largest youth development organization, we know this approach works and our results are second to none.

If we’re going to fill the coming leadership void, adults must play a larger role in encouraging kids and offering them the hands-on experiences that will help them build confidence and grow skills.




Announcing the 2016 4-H Youth in Action Awards Recipients

YIA Winners

After receiving more than 250 outstanding submissions from youth across the country, National 4-H Council is proud to announce the four winners of our Youth in Action Awards. These four youth exemplify the life skills 4-H’ers are mastering across the country and the types of lasting impact 4-H’ers are having in their families and in their communities. It is our honor to formally introduce these true leaders as they will serve as ambassadors for the collective 4-H movement over the next year and showcase nationally what it means when we say, true leaders aren’t born, they’re grown.




4-H Grows True Leaders

Every child has the potential to be a true leader. However, kids today say they are missing experiences that grow the life skills they need – skills like confidence, responsibility, independence and compassion. In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people, and want to provide them with opportunities needed to grow the skills they need to lead. We want to grow more True Leaders.



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