On Tuesday the White House recognized 12 members of FFA and 4-H as Champions of Change.
Jordan Paine of Oxford, Neb. was among those 12 members honored. In addition to holding the position of President of the Southern Valley FFA Chapter and the Oxford Jr. Feeders 4-H Club in Oxford, Nebraska, she also serves on Nebraska's Youth Curriculum Committee that helps to produce 4-H Curriculum, and is on her county's 4-H Council.
Paine has grown up in agriculture and has been instrumental in implementing many agricultural education programs in her county. Her work includes starting a school farm, a FFA goat herd, a youth bucket-calf program, reviewing and writing curriculum, and is currently working on building a greenhouse at her school. Paine has also represented Nebraska FFA at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute.
For over 100 years, youth and adults involved in 4-H have worked together to create sustainable change in their communities. Since 1928, FFA members have lived by the motto "Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve." The individuals being honored today carry on the tradition of service to communities and country that 4-H and FFA represent.
These individuals have devoted their time and effort to their communities across the country and will have the opportunity to share their stories with administration officials and 4-H and FFA members around the globe.
The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing great work in their communities. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
"The members of 4-H and FFA are shining examples of the positive change young Americans are bringing across the country, said Jon Carson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement.
"Today we are not only celebrating the work of students having an impact on their communities, but we're also honoring the mentors and teachers who are fostering these leadership skills in the youth of today."