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4-H Professionals: Passed Over Again

Nosa Akol and Javier Palomarez holding awards - summary

It’s that time of year again. April, when 4-H raises up the best of the best during the event that has become known as the 4-H Legacy Awards. If you caught my post last year at this time, you read how I described this event and wondered what one had to do to gain this award. Well, not much has changed this year over last. Yup, I was passed over again.

4-H Celebrates Youth Empowerment at Congressional Breakfast

Terri Sewell with Alabama youth - summary

On April 15, National 4-H Council held its second annual 4-H Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill. The event provided an opportunity for 4-H 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.

Emceed by Dr. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia State University, the event room filled with nearly 255 attendees, including 19 state Senators and Representatives, Cooperative Extension leaders, USDA representatives, 80 4-H youth.

4-H Legacy: Celebrating Youth In Action

Youth In Action Nominees - Emma and Oakley

During National 4-H Council's annual Legacy Awards, we honor our youth with the Youth In Action Award. This award recognizes youth who, through their involvement in 4-H, have applied what they have learned to engage their peers to create positive change in their communities. Although only one recipient is chosen, it is important to highlight the amazing youth nominees who are thriving today and preparing themselves and the world for a bright future tomorrow.

The 10 Must-Have Tools This 4-H Agent Never Forgets

Winston Churchill once said, “We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire…give us the tools and we will finish the job.” I like this quote because it’s the tools we use each day that make it possible for us to be successful 4-H professionals. Our creativity, ingenuity and insight, coupled with the tools we use that allow us to make incredible impacts in positive youth development, change the course of lives and history.

I am often asked about all the tools and gadgets I carry on my person when I’m working out in the field or travelling to a meeting or conference. So, here they are – the 10 must-have tools that I never leave home without.

Pledge to Youth: 4-H Youth Meet the POTUS

Jennifer Sirangelo with 4-H Youth in front of the White Hosue

Today, 4-H youth from Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, and Utah had the extraordinary opportunity to step foot into the Oval Office to meet President Barack Obama! The visit was a particularly exciting one, as the eight phenomenal youth were joined by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to share how they are taking action in their communities to fight rural poverty and childhood hunger.

I was able to capture the tremendous excitement of Geneva (AK), Andres (AZ), Kashawn (GA), Kimberly (ID), Lorena (ID), Spencer (IA), Gabrielle (MD), and Jacob (UT), minutes after meeting President Obama. It was a priceless moment, and I was honored to be there with such deserving 4-H youth who are changing lives every day.

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