If you have been keeping up with local and national news headlines, it has become a rarity to read or hear anything inspirational or encouraging. On the contrary, headline stories are most frequently bad if not downright depressing. An overexposure to this kind of negative news has led more than a few adults to question the future, and to worry about what kind of world the next generation will inherit.
Fortunately the nation’s future does not rest solely in the hands of the current generation, but also on the character and capabilities of the next generation and 4-H’rs like Nikiski high school senior Chena Litzen. Chena recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding commitment to community through service. Chena’s readiness to pledge her, “Heart to Greater Loyalty,” and willingness to sacrifice time and talent for the good of others is a distinguishing hallmark of a growing number of youth who have decided to join a national Revolution of Responsibility. Like Chena, 4-H’rs across America are learning how to care and relate to others; are sharing their time, resources and creativity; and are developing the critical social, communication and conflict resolution skills necessary to solve the world’s most difficult problems.
For over 100 years 4-H has built upon the natural resilience of youth, helping children and teens become thinking, responsible, and helpful agents for change in their community and across the globe. For more information about how you can join 4-H in its positive youth development work, or to enroll as a member in the 4-H program, call the Cooperative Extension Service today at 262-5824.
The 4-H community applauds Chena for her hard work and dedication, and invites adults and youth across the Peninsula to follow her example, take heart, join 4-H, and become the change you want to see in your world.
4-H is the positive youth development program of the Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Submitted by Jason Floyd, 4-H and Youth Development Agent