National 4-H Council recently named Cornell University’s CYFAR CITIZEN U Teen Leader Nosa Akol recipient of the 2015 4-H Youth in Action Award, the organization’s highest honor for a 4-H’er. Nosa was selected out of more than 80 candidates nationwide because of her proven commitment to overcoming personal challenges, empowering her peers and driving positive change in her community.
“I was introduced to 4-H through the CITIZEN U program during my freshman year of high school and that introduction changed my life forever,” says Nosa. “I was really quiet and shy when I first started, and I didn’t know what to do about the bullying. CITIZEN U gave me a forum for channeling my energy to something positive, the confidence to believe in myself, and life-changing opportunities to help my community.”
Nosa submitted this video for consideration in the 4-H Youth in Action Award
CITIZEN U stands for CITIZEN YOU and CITIZEN University. CITIZEN U uses Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) 4-H Signature Program, Youth Community Action, to promote civic engagement and workforce development among underrepresented youth in two high-need communities in New York, implemented by CCE Broome County in Binghamton and CCE Monroe County in Rochester. After completing 4-H Public Adventures training, CITIZEN U Teen Leaders conduct projects focused on NIFA priorities such as preventing childhood obesity, food security, climate change and sustainable energy. Teen Leaders gain job skills through paid internships aligned with their CITIZEN U majors and complete carefully planned community improvement projects. The project is supported by Smith Lever funds, Division of Youth and 4-H,, NIFA, USDA, Washington, D.C., and Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and New York State 4-H.
PHOTO: The JUNTOS program celebrating during a family workshop series in Wake County, North Carolina.