Every 4-H alumnus has a story. It could be how they learned to win graciously. Or, even lose graciously. How they helped their community; how they were empowered by those around them. While their individual stories might vary, what all 25 million 4-H alumni share is the life skills they gained from the nation’s largest youth organization, an organization still empowering youth with life skills today.
October 2 kicked off National 4-H Week, and 4-H is asking its alumni to share their stories online through the 4-H website or through the social media hashtag #4HGrown. Whether you showed animals or took part in 4-H shooting sports, 4-H wants to hear how you grew within the organization.
“We have a network of successful alumni who are leaders in their organizations and communities, and we want to hear from them,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “4-H taught our alumni compassion, respect and the value of hard work. Now, we want them to share their stories with future 4-H’ers and help pass along that tradition to today’s young leaders.”
Alumni interested in sharing their stories can do so in several different ways. They should first visit www.4-H.org/share to share their story. Alumni can also share their photos and stories via social media channels using the hashtag #4HGrown.
“4-H is the organization it is today because of our alumni,” added Sirangelo. “We love hearing the stories they have from their experiences in 4-H; we hope that they’ll share those experiences with others and help spread the word that 4-H helps to grow true leaders.”
Sharing alumni stories is just one way to celebrate during National 4-H week. In communities, nationwide, current 4-H members and volunteers are also showcasing what 4-H is today and the life skills the organization continues to deliver to tomorrow’s leaders. Alumni are encouraged to participate in their local club, community and state activities as well.
4‑H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4‑H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4‑H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4‑H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4‑H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.
Images courtesy of 4-H