May 13, 2021

Quinlan: 4-H shaped me

I recently covered the Indiana 4-H Foundation’s annual meeting. Hearing others share their 4-H stories took me back.

I closed my eyes and it was like I was 12. My heart was racing. I was so excited to pick out my projects for the year. “Maybe I’ll try cake decorating. I wonder if I could learn to sew? I’d love to write a poem.”

I signed up for a few more projects that I should have. But it was so hard to pick just a couple.

4-H taught me to try new things. It taught me to manage my time. And, through Junior Leaders, it taught me what it takes to be a professional.

Now more than ever, 4-H provides the chance for youth to learn and practice important life skills.

I encourage youth to check out 4-H this year. Try something new and see where it takes you.

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor