Name: Irene Reichl
Current Town: Danbury, CT
4-H Involvement: teen mentor in high school
Education: currently a sophomore at the University of Vermont
4-H taught me to problem solve, work with others, communicate clearly, and think outside the box.
4-H taught me to stop expecting things to go according to plan all the time.
Because of 4-H I got a much better sense of what I want to do with my life!
If I hadn’t been in 4-H I would lack a lot of job readiness skills, wouldn’t have met some great people, and wouldn’t have a specific path for my life.
How do you keep the 4-H motto – “To Make the Best Better” – now?
I am always trying to make the best of things and to take advantage of life and the opportunities that I’ve been afforded.
How did 4-H contribute to your leadership skills?
I think that having to be a role model for younger kids and having to prepare lessons and activities for them really taught me to take initiative and be adaptable to what’s going on around me.
What do you wish people knew about 4-H?
It’s not just cows and agriculture! 4-H is what you make of it.
Why should young people join 4-H?
It’s fun, you get a lot out of it, and it can be literally anything you want it to be.