University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green and Chief Communication and Marketing Officer Teresa Paulsen were named 4-H Luminaries by the National 4-H Council March 21 in Washington, D.C.
Luminaries are an exclusive group of accomplished and influential 4-H alumni who will help raise awareness of 4-H’s life-changing impact and generate support for bringing 4-H to more youth. Green and Paulsen are part of the 40-member inaugural class. Other Luminaries include Grammy award-winning artist Jennifer Nettles, NBA star Kent Bazemore, Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth and MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin.
“I’m humbled to be part of this inaugural group of people who were influenced by 4-H, which today is the largest youth development organization in the U.S.,” Green said. “Millions of people across the nation are testament that 4-H membership is a strong predictor of lifelong success and leadership.”
Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council, said: “Whether they are running Fortune 500 companies and performing to sold-out crowds or leading community programs and volunteering to empower local youth, 4-H alumni represent the epitome of true leadership. These remarkable alumni are committed to paying it forward and ensuring the next generation has the opportunity to benefit from the 4-H experience.”
The prestigious group is part of the 25 million 4-H alumni across the nation.
In Nebraska, one in three age-eligible youth participates in 4-H, which is present in all 93 counties. These youth, ages 5-18, participate through camps, clubs, school enrichment and after-school programs. All 4-H programs place strong emphasis on life skills, such as problem solving, responsibility, citizenship and leadership. To learn more about Nebraska 4-H, click here.