July 15, 2024

4-Hers attend Ignite conference in D.C.

More than 1,000 students gather for the Ignite by 4-H conference in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Last month, National 4‑H Council welcomed 1,200 teens to Ignite by 4‑H in Washington — a summit for teens to find their spark and learn the skills they need to create a positive impact.

Attendance this year grew by 30% from 2023. Teens reported that they enjoyed the hands-on activities, relatable keynote speakers and opportunities to connect with 4-Hers.

Teens participated in a Creator Challenge on YouTube, where they shared short videos about their passions with the guidance of renowned creators, including James Hobson of Hacksmith Industries, Greg Peterson of Peterson Farm Bros and Jibby Ani of Studio Jibby.

Creator Josiah discussed why it’s important to support local farmers.

“The U.S. has an amazing agricultural presence in the world,” he said. “There’s lots of food that U.S. has to offer. By shopping local, you are supporting the farmers that live in your area, and the farmers will be able to support you in turn.”

4-H member Benjamin shared five favorite feel-good habits:

1. Work out. Make sure you have a good workout routine and plan.

2. Have a good skincare routine. Cleanse and moisturize your face.

3. Eat healthy. Avoid junk food.

4. Stay organized. Use calendars.

5. Be positive.

Noah Salters shared how 4-H has prepared him for the future.

“Four-H has helped me with many things, including public speaking skills, enthusiasm and skills in general to help me grow as a person,” he said.

“My favorite of those skills is inclusivity. I’m on a state committee called JEDI, which stands for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. That committee has helped me become a better person and figure out what my values will be in life. Now I’m ready for a job that is inclusivity based.”

View all of the YouTube shorts at https://tinyurl.com/22xj8wek.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor