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  • Youth STEM is National Priority

    National 4-H Council and the Noyce Foundation hosted a ground-breaking meeting of America's leading youth development organizations at National 4-H Youth Conference Center on February 6 - 7. The focus of the executive roundtable meeting was on the important topic of out-of-school time Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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    Jennifer Sirangelo at STEM  STEM Roundtable

    CEOs, senior leaders and youth representatives from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of the USA and YMCA of the USA -- together with 4-H National Headquarters, the Cooperative Extension System and National 4-H Council – met with corporate and research partners to share information, learn from each other and collaborate on ways to work together on the future development of impactful STEM learning. Read the press release about the STEM Executive Roundtable and download the executive summary of the STEM Executive Roundtable (PDF).

    4-H Science Initiative from Inception to Impact

    During the meeting, 4-H unveiled a comprehensive new report, 4-H Science Initiative from Inception to Impact, which reviews the multi-year impact of the 4-H efforts, lessons learned and ideas for developing more promising programs in the future. The initiative has been a truly collaborative effort, led by 4-H National Headquarters, land-grant faculty from the Cooperative Extension System and National 4-H Council. Download the Report (PDF) and download the Executive Summary (PDF).

    One Million New Scientists

    To address the nation’s increased demand for science and technology professionals, 4-H set out to reach a bold goal of engaging one million new young people in science programs by 2013 – and we reached it. Learn how in this short video.


    Meet National 4-H Council President Donald T. Floyd: Advancing STEM Education, its Future

    Interview with Washington Executive e-Magazine

    Donald T. Floyd is CEO and president of National 4-H Council. He has been involved with the leadership of youth-serving, non-profit organizations for more than 35 years.

    Floyd is a trustee with the America’s Promise Alliance. He also served as a trustee of Albright College as well as secretary of the Board, a member of the Executive Committee, and Vice Chair of its Governance Committee. Floyd, who served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1970, is a graduate of Albright College in Reading, Pa.

    Floyd spoke to WashingtonExec about his role at National 4-H Council, his work with STEM, suggestions for getting involved, STEM misconceptions and future opportunities.

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    WashingtonExec: What is your background and how did you get involved in STEM?

    Donald T. Floyd: Most of my adult life has been dedicated to positive youth development programs and organizations. I joined National 4-H Council in 1991. I’ve spent the last 12 years leading the organization as president and CEO. During the past decade I’ve watched an entire 4-H movement – including Council, the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities, our Cooperative Extension System, 4-H professionals, volunteers, parents and corporate partners—develop, nurture and grow a first-class out-of-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative into what it is today.

    WashingtonExec: Please describe your day-to-day responsibilities at 4-H Council.

    Donald T. Floyd: As president and CEO, I am responsible for achieving the goals set forth by our Board of Trustees. Working with a talented and dedicated staff, my job is to increase investment in positive youth development at 4-H. I spend most of my days sharing the 4-H story with potential partners, including corporate and government leaders. With their support, the 4-H investment in many programs, including STEM, has grown significantly over the last several years. We are grateful to our numerous partners including Lockheed Martin, DuPont and the Noyce Foundation for helping us advance impactful STEM programs.

    “We are extremely proud of our progress and well positioned for growth. In fact, in November, National 4-H Council was named to the Social Impact 100; an index created by the Social Impact Exchange to recognize the most effective non-profits in America. Of the seven largest national youth development organizations, only two—National 4-H Council and Big Brothers Big Sisters—made the list.”

    WashingtonExec: The U.S. is not turning out the engineering students that we need in order to compete as an innovative country. Why is this issue so important?

    Donald T. Floyd: Our nation’s young people are not acquiring the skills they need to excel in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. That needs to change if we want to build a generation of workers who will make America a leader in innovation. Given the opportunity, today’s youth can step up, become engaged, learn more, and become the inventors, rocket scientists and engineers of the future. And fortunately, millions of youth are doing their part – they are stepping up with the support of adult mentors and quality STEM programs offered through organizations like 4-H.

    WashingtonExec: What’s your view to get more parents and especially girls involved in STEM?


    Read the full article originally published on Washington Executive.