I am proud to serve on the National 4-H Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). This April, we are launching our first digital fundraising campaign – inviting our friends and family to “raise your hands” and help us bring the life-changing 4-H experience to more youth around the nation.
The Youth Advisory Committee is a group of passionate young 4-H alumni from across the country who work alongside National 4-H Council to promote the 4-H program. We strive to share the stories of 4-H grown leaders and innovators and inspire the next generation of 4-H youth. As alumni, we understand the incredibly influential role 4-H can play in a child’s life, and our goal is to ensure that young alumni and others understand the value of investing in the lives of our future leaders.
I am a journalist who covers education for a newspaper in Ogden, Utah. Through 4-H, I got to participate in leadership experiences like representing Puerto Rico at the National 4-H Conference and National 4-H Congress as a delegate; becoming the first Puerto Rico 4-H member to serve as a member of Youth Leadership Team, as a college facilitator and lead college facilitator at the National 4-H Conference; and becoming one of three finalists for the Youth in Action Award. I am also part of the inaugural Youth Advisory Committee class, and was voted by my peers to represent the committee on the National 4-H Council Board of Trustees.
In the process, I grew valuable life skills like public speaking, leadership and more. Furthermore, I've been able to achieve many of my dreams thanks to 4-H.
Only one in three young people says they have the skills they need to be prepared to lead. Half of all high school students report they are not prepared to lead in their life after high school – for college or career. 4-H, as America’s largest youth development organization, empowers nearly six million youth across the U.S. through hands-on experiences that help them grow the skills they need for life and career.
When you give, 60% of your contribution will support the 4-H Grow True Leaders campaign to grow 4-H nationwide; 20% of will directly support the program that made a difference in my life – Puerto Rico 4-H; and 20% will support the YAC Cause for 2018: helping the Puerto Rico 4-H program that is still recovering after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Please join me in giving more kids the experiences that will help them grow the skills they need for life today and career tomorrow. Any donation will go a long way toward helping me reach my personal goal and helping us grow 4-H. ¡Gracias!