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States’ 4-H Exchange Builds Global Ties

4-H'er Lydia Russell

Lydia would like to see more 4-H families participate in exchange programs. She credits her confidence, public speaking skills, and cultural sensitivity in part to her experiences as a host and outbound delegate.

She credits the States’ 4-H International Exchange with “building leaders for not only communities, but for the world.”

The Things You Must Unlearn

With the Maker Movement on my mind and feeling the importance of always learning new things, the song lyrics reminded me of this quote on my wall at home:

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave

So with that introduction I'd like to share with you 7 things you must unlearn as a 4-H professional.

4-H Celebrates Engineers Week with Lockheed Martin

February 23-27, 2015 was National Engineers Week. What better way to celebrate, than to have 4-H members meet with Lockheed Martin Engineers and talk about their 4-H projects! After all, Lockheed Martin has been one of 4-H’s strongest supporters! So that is exactly what we did! At Lockheed Martin’s invitation, 4-H members from across Maryland penciled 4-H at Lockheed Martin onto their February 23 calendar pages. Weather and other concerns whittled the number down to eight 4-H’ers, but those eight were VERY excited – and were the engineers! By the end of the evenin,g I wasn’t sure who was keeping who there: the members telling the engineers about their 4-H projects or the engineers asking more and more questions about what the 4-H’ers brought to show them! Lockheed Martin engineers interacting with 4-H members – it was a sight to behold!

2015 Youth In Action Award Honoree: Nosa Akol

Youth In Action Honoree Nosa Akol - summary

Each year during the Legacy Awards, National 4-H Council acknowledge 4-H youth, alumni and supporters for their work in advocating youth empowerment and impact across the country. The Youth In Action Award honors one exceptional youth who embodies the life-changing impact of 4-H. This young person demonstrates personal growth, community impact and project excellence through their 4-H experience.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Youth In Action Award is 17-year-old Nosa Akol, a senior at Binghamton High School in New York. Nosa’s 4-H experience began when she joined CITIZEN U 4-H during her freshman year of high school.

4-H Parent POV: When James Met Goldie, and Seven Others

James at 4-H Fair - summary

James was able to participate in the local agricultural fair with his 4-H group and show his Bantam chicken, Lily Bell. He placed third in Showmanship and Knowledge among dozens of kids. He was the only kid in his club to place, judged by the toughest judge to ever be invited to the fair - so the organizers told us! James has this confidence whenever he can talk about his interests so this came naturally to him. All his time researching chickens had earned him a third place ribbon at the fair. We were so proud of him and it was nice that the kids from his club were all happy for him, too.

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