We are extremely proud to announce that Caleb Cheng from Palm Beach County 4-H has been selected to serve on the National 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees!
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Caleb has been an active participant in 4-H for 14 years. He is currently a candidate to receive his International Baccalaureate Diploma in the spring, and then plans to major in finance when he enters the university. Caleb is a competitive state champion swimmer and national USA champion water polo player. He is actively involved in Student Government Association, Future Business Leaders of America, and Economic Leaders of America.
Recently we spoke with Caleb about this honor:
Tell us a little about the 4-H National Council Board of Trustees
National 4-H Council supports national and state 4-H programs with a focus on fundraising, brand management, communications, and legal and fiduciary services. Council also oversees National 4-H Youth Conference Center, and the National 4-H Supply Service, the authorized agent for items bearing the 4-H Name and Emblem. National 4-H Council is governed by its own Board of Trustees, made up of The Public Class – corporate executives and other private citizens from a wide array of backgrounds, The State Cooperative Extension & Land-grant Institution Class – representatives from 4-H, Extension, and land-grant universities, and The Youth Class including recent 4-H Alumni.
What does being appointed to this board mean to you?
Having demonstrated my passion and call to service over the past 14 years of my life in 4-H from leadership positions to community service projects, service on the national level for the largest youth development organization in the world; being appointed is both a great accomplishment and a moment I will remember forever.
What are your expectations?
My passion for service is only growing, and I plan to take the skills I attained through my leadership experiences in Florida 4-H to the national level in hopes to positively impact a wider array of youth across the country and possibly internationally.
What are some of your Florida 4-H highlights thus far? What projects have you participated in?
Serving as Florida 4-H State Council Treasurer is definitely a highlight I cherish. As Treasurer, I designed and implemented statewide fundraisers that raised several thousand dollars in one year for the state council. I did this by attaining two corporate sponsorships from SAM’s club and a local design firm to initiate three statewide fundraisers including the sale of coupon books in 16 cities across Florida, the sale of flowers at 4-H state events, and the sale of a 4-H yearbook. The money will be used to reduce the cost of state events for 4-H’ers, in hopes to increase participation throughout the state so that Florida 4-H can impact a wider range of youth.
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In terms of educating youth, what issues are important to you?
As a varsity state athlete in two sports and a national USA Water Polo champion, health education is particularly important to me. With childhood obesity on the rise, I feel it is necessary to educate youth on healthy lifestyles. As a trained United Health Care Teen Ambassador, I taught UHC health lessons across the state and worked at the UHC Teen Health Summit to educate youth on the importance of healthily lifestyles.
Be it that Florida 4-H is the statewide youth development program of UF IFAS Extension, what opportunities has that afforded you?
Given the large scope of opportunities 4-H offers to youth across the state, Florida 4-H provided me unlimited opportunities to serve. Throughout my high school career I have served in numerous leadership positions from the county to state level and have completed countless service projects all thanks to the opportunities 4-H has provided me. Many people today fail to realize that service to their community not only benefits those that receive the service, but those that give it. Service has taught me the importance of leadership for the development of crucial life skills and that I can truly make a positive impact on the world around me. Florida 4-H has not only enabled me to serve others, but it has provided an opportunity to develop important skills that are not taught in school. Communication, commitment, and confidence are among the skills I have acquired in experiences serving others. 4-H has taught me that I can truly make an impact on my community in ways I could have never imagined.