Raise Your Hand for Montana 4-H
- Sunday, April 1, 2018 to Tuesday, May 15, 2018
4-H, the largest youth development program in the nation, is calling on all alumni to raise their hands to help bring 4-H to 10 million youth by 2025. Currently 4-H empowers nearly six million young people in every county across America, including nearly 22, 000 4-H’ers in Montana. For more than 100 years, the 4-H impact on young people has been immeasurable. “Having experienced our programs first-hand, our alumni know best what a positive impact 4-H had on them growing up, which is why we’re reaching out to them to support the next generation of true leaders,” said Todd Kesner, Director of the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development here at Montana State University Extension.
As part of the Raise Your Hand call to action through May 15, Montana 4-H is asking 4-H supporters to ‘Raise Your Hand’ and pay it forward in support of providing the hands-on learning that empowers kids across America. We are determined to show that a small state, in population, has a HUGE heart for 4-H.
Voting for Montana is easy – anyone who believes in 4-H and what it does for youth in Montana can go online to www.4-H.org/raiseyourhand. Raising a hand in this way is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most hands raised, including Montana. Voters can then support the activation by tweeting, posting and sharing their #4HGrown experience, or support and tag fellow alumni by asking them to raise their hands for their state.
“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,” explains Jennifer Nettles, Grammy-award winning musician, actress and 4 H national spokesperson.