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. With all of the challenges facing our nation and our world, there are also many more opportunities for young people to be a part of the solution. Just imagine the potential if more youth were empowered with the skills, leadership and voice to speak out and act to improve our world.
That doesn’t have to wait for tomorrow, it can begin today.
4-H is America’s largest youth development organization that 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. As a very little girl, I always had an interest in fashion, and through 4-H discovered how I could turn it into more than just a dream. Through the program, I got to participate in valuable hands-on learning that helped me grow as a professional to help me achieve that goal, starting with my first homemade pillowcase all the way to designing and sewing my own creations, and competing with them at the 4-H State Fashion Revue. I owe so much of what I learned through 4-H to my career in the New York City fashion industry.
I initially joined 4-H as a creative outlet, but little did I know that in the process I would develop valuable life skills like public speaking, emotional intelligence, creative problem solving, and communication. If you knew me as a kid, you can probably attest to the fact that I was painfully shy - I had a hard time getting out of the car on my very first day of 4-H camp and I was 13 years old! But the patient mentors, stellar peer role models, and the 4-H curriculum that I was exposed to in my youth have truly grown me into the adult that I am today. I am currently serving on the National 4-H Council Youth Advisory Committee to provide youth voice to its leadership and Board of Trustees, with the goal of helping Council grow 4-H to empower millions more youth across the nation.
4-H made a huge difference in my life! I am a personal example of what it means for kids to be engaged in tangible hands-on activities and to be given meaningful leadership opportunities. Just imagine how bright our future would be if more youth were empowered by the life changing programs that 4-H has to offer. Please join me in giving more kids the experiences that will help them grow the skills they need for life today and career tomorrow. Just $5 or more will go a long way toward helping me reach my personal goal and helping us grow 4-H.
Maybe you're thinking, "I'm not a 4-Her, I've never even heard of 4-H! Why should I give?" 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 – Pennsylvania 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.
Through this campaign, you have the opportunity to make a difference in our community, our state, our country, even our world! 4-H has given me the chance of a lifetime to improve not only myself, but the world around me. Now I'm offering that same chance to you. Please consider donating, and be a positive catalyst for change at the grassroots level -- the youth who are the future of the world.