Gardner, Wicker, Heitkamp, and Colleagues Encourage Support of 4-H

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner
Published Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Heidi Heitkamp, (D-ND) in support of 4-H and its recently-launched "Grow True Leaders" campaign. The measure, which is cosponsored by 34 senators, recognizes the immeasurable benefits of the national 4-H program for young people and its potential growth under the new initiative.

"The program played an important role in my life when I was part of the Westerneers 4-H group in Yuma, Colorado, and today our daughter is a member of that very same club," said Gardner. "4-H is important to rural and urban communities across Colorado and the country, and I am proud to support an organization that showed me at a young age how important it is to be civically engaged."

"4-H plays an important role in shaping the lives of young people in Mississippi and across the country," Wicker said. "Historically, the organization's nearly 6 million members typically hail from rural areas of America. I am impressed with the incredible strides that 4-H has made in our rural communities and encouraged that 4-H is expanding into the nation's urban centers and suburbs, significantly growing its outreach. I look forward to helping facilitate the growth of True Leaders, giving students a place to learn and exercise valuable leadership skills."

"For over 100 years, 4-H has nurtured young leaders in rural America - and it had a huge impact on me growing up. Now, 4-H programs supporting civic engagement, science education, public speaking, and more are moving further into urban and suburban communities as well," Heitkamp said. "As a fellow 4-H'er, I know personally that these programs make a difference in students' lives, and I continue to hear about the opportunities 4-H provides for young North Dakotans around our state. With 4-H expanding, I'm proud to honor this national program for its work to grow the next generation of leaders in local communities across the country."

The 4-H movement supports young people through programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators, particularly in rural communities. Last week, 4-H launched a campaign called "Grow True Leaders," which seeks to replicate 4-H's success in rural communities in urban areas. The program's new initiative hopes to reach a broader, more diverse population, impacting more African American and Hispanic children. may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.