Wayne County 4-H’ers win national prize

One of the amazing things about 4-H is that it gives young people an opportunity to change the world. As part of the Fish Farm Challenge Video Contest, Wayne County 4-H’ers Gary Payne and Corbin Nelson took on the challenge of world hunger by putting together a 90-second video to answer the question: “How can YOU make a difference in your community regarding food security and hunger?” The contest was sponsored by the National 4-H Council and Monsanto. Gary and Corbin’s video was selected as the contest winner in the “urban” category.

The $5,000 prize will be split equally between the youth who made the video and the Giving Hope 4-H Club at Vista Maria, led by Adnan Khalil.

I’m sure you’ll be able to see their passion for the project when you watch their video.

Jessica Cotton, Michigan State University Extension 4-H program coordinator in Wayne County, provided leadership for the video project, and the Better Detroit Youth Movement, a nonprofit organization serving Detroit, Pontiac and Baltimore, edited the video.

When Jessica told the two that they had won, she said that they “were extremely excited. It was great for these young men to see that their hard work mattered and that it’s ok to step up and be a leader.”

The National 4-H Council and Monsanto worked together to create the Fish Farm Challenge (part of the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience) to get today’s kids interested and involved in agriculture. The 4-H Ag Innovators Experience not only sparks enthusiasm, but also helps youth develop skills that help them succeed in future agriculture-related careers as well as careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). And these future farmers and scientists may be on their way to solving the world’s hunger problem.

Great job to everyone on the team!

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