COLUMBUS – Ohio 4-H announced its award of $20,000 for participation in Raise Your Hand, a national 4-H initiative asking the millions of 4‑H alumni across the nation, including 4-H alums in Ohio, to “Raise Your Hand” and pay it forward in support of providing the hands-on learning that empowers kids across America.
4-H, the largest youth development program in the nation, called on alumni to raise their hands to help bring 4-H to 10 million youths by 2025. Currently 4-H empowers nearly 6 million young people in every county across America, including 444,900 4-H’ers in Ohio.
“We are delighted that in the national campaign to connect with millions of 4-H alumni, our Ohio 4-H alums led the way to a first place finish,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “When the hands were counted, the Buckeye State accounted for about one-fifth of the participants.
“Best of all, raising your hand meant paying it forward for the next generation, and our 4-H youth programs will benefit from the $20,000 award. Thanks to all our great alumni for, once again, making us 4-H and Buckeye proud!”
With all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., participating, Ohio 4-H alumni took the lead with nearly 12,000 hands raised, with Indiana 4-H (10,600) and Texas 4-H (6,836) rounding out the top three.
“Whether they’re running Fortune 100 companies, performing to sold-out crowds, leading community programs or volunteering to empower local youth, 4‑H alumni are the epitome of true leadership,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4‑H Council. “Our remarkable alumni truly showed their support, ensuring the next generation has the opportunity to benefit from the 4‑H experience.”
“4-H gives kids the opportunity to learn by doing, to grow from not only the encouragements brought by success, but also through challenges and failures, as these skills will help them to handle whatever life may throw their way,” said Jennifer Nettles, Grammy-award winning musician, actress and 4‑H national spokesperson.