Chamonix Mejia is being honored as a Champion of Change for her efforts in 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been involved with 4-H. It has been an amazing 11 year journey, and I have not only grown as a person, but I’ve been able to help out my community as well.
When I first started in 4-H, my projects focused on livestock. As I grew older, I saw the many opportunities that 4-H offers its members. My county has many 4-H members, but few are active on the district and state level. My goal is to encourage 4-H members to realize the vast array of chances that can improve their lives. My goal is to help others so they can help themselves. By being in 4-H, and being the first to make a change in my county program, I believe that we truly can follow 4-H’s motto, “To Make the Best Better.”
I have shown others what 4-H has to offer by holding several state level positions, including participating on the Texas 4-H Technology Team and being a Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador. I have also attended many state level competitions and activities such as Texas 4-H Roundup, Texas 4-H Congress, the State Games and the National 4-H Conference. By attending these events, I’ve been able to show others just how fun and valuable 4-H can be. I’ve been able to create a spark in 4-H’ers minds that has led to much more participation on the district and state level and makes them want to make a difference. That spark has led to others finding their own voice and set them on a path to better life for themselves by enhancing their life skills.
One of the main goals of 4-H is to create a better world for those around us. My club participates in several community service projects including Christmas caroling at the local nursing home, supporting veterans, writing letters to active duty soldiers, and more. One of the ways that 4-H is improving our communities is by holding One Day 4-H. One Day 4-H is the one day that all of Texas 4-H can give back to the communities that have provided so much for us. This year, we are helping out with the local animal shelter.
Being named a White House Champion of Change has inspired me to continue working as hard for the future of my community. Not only has it inspired me, but I know it has inspired others around me to do the same.
Chamonix Mejia has been an active 4-H member for the past 11 years.