4-H Is Asking Its Alumni for Help

October 4, 2016 03:18 PM

Are you a 4-H alumni? If so, the organization is looking for a little help.

Specifically, it’s National 4-H Week, and 4-H is on the prowl for alumni who will share their stories online, either on the organization’s website, or by using the social media hashtag #4HGrown. Did you show animals? Garden? Sew? Bake? 4-H wants to know more.

“We have a network of successful alumni who are leaders in their organizations and communities, and we want to hear from them,” says 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 help fuel the organization’s future successes by inspiring current or prospective members, Sirangelo says.

“4-H is the organization it is today because of our alumni,” adds 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.”

According to 4-H, its members are:

  • Twice as likely to participate in science programs.
  • Three times as likely to be physically active.
  • Four times as likely to contribute to their local communities.
  • Five times as likely to graduate college.

Visit www.4-H.org/share to learn more.

Earlier this year, 4-H announced its ambitious plans to grow its member roster by 67% to 10 million over the next decade. Sirangelo hopes today’s prospective members will be enticed by hundreds of new high-tech STEM projects to from which to choose, including GIS/GPS, robotics and rockets.

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