CARROLLTON, Mo. — 4-H is known for helping countless youth become responsible adults across both Missouri and the United States, but this time, they’re asking for help via the “Raise Your Hand” program.
The program is designed to not only help three deserving states earn cash prizes to be put towards funding, but also to help bring 4-H friends and alumni together for a good cause.

“We’re connecting with alumni to help increase awareness and support of the 4-H program throughout the entire country,” Rachel Augustine, director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation, said. “Our ultimate goal is to try to connect as many Missouri 4-H alumni as possible.”

To incentivize “raising your hand”, the state with the most hands raised will receive a $20,000 prize to be put to their state’s program. The second place state will receive $10,000, while the third place will receive the final cash prize, worth $5,000.
The money could be used in a variety of different ways, according to Alison Copeland, interim director of Missouri 4-H Center.

“The 4-H Program provides a number of opportunities and learning experiences for young people in a variety of areas,” Copeland said. “From STEM and science education to agriculture-based experiences for young people, healthy living kind of programs, citizenship programs, entrepreneurial programs, and the list goes on.”

To vote, go to 4-H.org/raise-your-hand. There, voters will be able to give Missouri a vote. The deadline to vote is May 15, so make sure to raise your hand before then!