Meet the Interns

Mikey Hughes
Sophomore in Ag Communications
Local 4-H Program: Barton County

1. What inspired you to apply for an internship with the Kansas 4-H Foundation?
I know a few of the previous interns, and they all really enjoyed working with the Foundation. I wanted the opportunity to impact Kansas 4-H on a state level. The Foundation does amazing things for Kansas 4-H, and I’m overjoyed to help with that.

2. Fill in the blank. _____ Grows Here.
Persistence Grows Here.

3. What skills did you gain during your time as a 4-H member that you continue to use today?
I did a wide range of projects. The beef project taught me about responsibility and commitment. I had to work with my steer every day and make sure he was well taken care of. Forestry helped me gain knowledge about Kansas and the environment. Leadership helped me grow my comfort zone and become comfortable in front of people.

4. What does philanthropy mean to you?
Philanthropy is the desire to help others through your actions. 4-H has given me multiple opportunities to make a difference. I am currently a co-chair of the state 48 Hours of 4-H committee and I love helping people create plans that positively impact the lives of others.

5. In what ways has this internship allowed you to give back to the 4-H program?
This internship has helped me learn why it is important to give back to 4-H. Without the amazing donors and alumni, Kansas 4-H would not be nearly as impactful. It also taught me about the fast-paced world of event planning.

6. What message would you like to share with Kansas 4-H donors?
Thank you for donating. You have made a major difference in the lives of every Kansas 4-H’er. I can feel the impact whenever I visit Rock Springs, come home to Clovia after a long day of classes, or receive a scholarship that allows me to attend Kansas State. Everyone deserves the opportunities 4-H has given me, and you, as a donor, help give those opportunities to everyone.


Janae McKinney
Sophomore in Ag Communications
Local 4-H Program: McPherson County


1. What inspired you to apply for an internship with the Kansas 4-H Foundation?

I love to work with anything involving 4-H and had heard wonderful things from previous Kansas 4-H Foundation Interns. I was thrilled when I found out I would be able to intern and make my own memories here at the Foundation. I want to connect with past and present 4-H members to help grow Kansas 4-H as a program and make a difference on the state-level.

2. Fill in the blank. _____ Grows Here.
Passion Grows Here.

3. What skills did you gain during your time as a 4-H member that you continue to use today?

I grew up in the Dog Project in 4-H and I credit many of my achievements to my time spent training my dogs. I didn’t just learn how to make a dog sit or stay but how to be responsible and a leader among my peers. 4-H does a great job of teaching you practical skills while laying the foundation for life skills along the way.

4. What does philanthropy mean to you?
Philanthropy means giving back and helping those who may not be able to help themselves. At Alpha of Clovia, we host several philanthropy events promoting the American Cancer Society and raising money for a great cause.

5. In what ways has this internship allowed you to give back to the 4-H program?
This internship has allowed me to see a different perspective of the 4-H program. I can now see where donors fit in and why it is so important to grow Kansas 4-H. Donors who had great 4-H careers, want to keep a legacy of 4-H going, even if it means still donating when they are not here. To me that is an incredible donation for which we could not thank them enough and what allows the Foundation to make more opportunities for 4-H youth everyday.

6. What message would you like to share with Kansas 4-H donors?
Thank you to all the Kansas 4-H Donors. Kansas 4-H thrives because of your generous support. I have benefited from two scholarships because of your donation. I hope you continue to help keep our state 4-H program growing if you are able to. I take pride in knowing we have one of the best 4-H programs in the nation and it is because of alumni who are always giving back whether in time or monetary donation.