Local 4-H Member Recognized Nationally for Mission: Opportunity

Grundy County 4-H member Nalia Warmack was recognized by the National 4-H Council for her impact on Illinois 4-H through Mission: Opportunity, a program that she created and runs with the help of her 4-H mentors and friends.

Warmack joined 4-H as a Cloverbud with the 4-H 4 Joy Club in Will County. When her family moved to Grundy County, she joined the Homes Cool Kids Club where she gained confidence through experiences like public speaking, which then led her to participate in Speaking for Illinois 4-H, Legislative Connection, Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), and numerous other experiences.

“When I looked back to my starting point, I was able to recognize the opportunities that led me to where I am today, and I am so thankful to have had them,” Warmack said. “But it occurred to me that not everyone has opportunities like that.”

This realization led to the creation of Mission: Opportunity. Drawing on her own experience, Warmack has been able to teach participants how to extract DNA from a strawberry and use a 3-D printer; they’ve learned about genealogy, natural disaster preparedness, public speaking, and more. Through its various programs, Mission: Opportunity has already reached over 500 youth.

“I hope these opportunities allow others to discover new passions and find paths that will lead them to take even larger opportunities. Inspiration is contagious...,” said Warmack.

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, Warmack plans to be back stronger than ever in 2021.

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