Ohio was fortunate to have two 4-H alumni attend the National 4-H Legacy Awards. Noor Alshafie and Emma Newell, members of the National 4-H Youth Advisory Council, represented Ohio. Emma shares her experience:
In March, National 4-H celebrated the 10th Annual Legacy Awards in Washington D.C. This is a fundraising event that recognizes Youth In Action winners, alumni luminaries, sponsors and donors. Some of the individuals honored this year included Jennifer Nettles, Carla Hall, Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Bob Baffert, Ericka Flanigan and Charlie Kimball. With help of many individuals, partners, and sponsors, over $1.1 million was raised to support positive youth development.
I have had the opportunity to attend this event for the past two years due to my involvement on the National 4-H Youth Advisory Committee. This is a group comprised of 11 young alumni between the ages of 18-23 from around the country. We work to support National 4-H Council and advise the board of trustees by supporting the 4-H mission, acting as ambassadors, and providing a young person’s perspective in decision-making.
The experience on this committee has shaped my future, created connections, and allowed me to further implement what I am learning at The Ohio State University into practice. Because of 4-H, I have found a career that I want to pursue, an industry that I am passionate about, and a family to support me. To think, that all of this started due to one school assembly and one decision to join Ohio 4-H! These choices have changed my life forever and put me on a path to success.
More information on 4-H Legacy Awards can be found at https://4-h.org/4-h-legacy-awards/#!overview