The National Leadership Award is presented each year by the American Youth Foundation (AYF) in cooperation with principals, counselors, county 4-H agents, church groups and other organizations across the country. The award was first offered in 1941 by the late William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, who challenged young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of service. The award inspired by the book, "I Dare You!" written by Danforth, in which he commends the balanced life of mental, physical, social and spiritual developments as the backbone of leadership.
In addition to a certificate of recognition each recipient received a copy of Danforth's inspirational book, "I Dare You!" and an opportunity to apply for the "I Dare You" scholarship, which can be applied to the cost of the AYF's National Leadership Conference located in Michigan.
Over 7,000 Schools, 4-H Programs and other youth servicing organizations take part in this National Leadership Award Program yearly.
In 1924 Danforth helped establish the American Youth Foundation, national, non-for-profit youth development organization with regional centers in Michigan and New Hampshire. Through its summer camps (grades 4-12), Leadership Conference, and group and Adult programs, AYF inspires people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual living and to make positive difference in their communities and in the wider world.
AYF is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that staff and participants come from diverse backgrounds. For more information about the National Leadership Award and the AYF,visit www.ayf.com or call 314-963-1321.
For more photos from thye Cherokee County 4-H Awards Banquet, see the 4-H Awards Photo Gallery on this web site.