Utah 4-Hers in Washington, DC
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USU Extension 4-H Youth Attend National Conference in Washington, D.C.
LOGAN, UT – A delegation of four Utah State University Extension 4-H youth, representing Utah’s 98,000 4-Hers and 8,400 volunteer 4-H leaders, recently attended National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. The Utah delegation returned home from a week where more than 270 youth and adults representing 4-H programs across the country gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge to share back at home and develop recommendations to help guide the future of 4-H programs both nationally and in their communities.
Alayna Bealer of Minorsville, Kayden Ence of St. George, Jacob Webb of Beaver and Karli Wells of Spanish Fork represented Utah 4-H at the April 6-11 conference. Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates learned and shared information on current trends and issues relevant to 4-H and youth. Building effective partnerships, creating innovative 4-H programs, expanding the use of technology, working with diverse groups and impacting community needs were also conference topics. At the completion of roundtable discussions, delegates gave presentations to federal agencies to recommend innovative change and represent youth voice.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many youth,” said Paul Hill, USU Extension assistant professor who accompanied the delegation. “Not only because of travelling to and touring Washington, D.C., but presenting to high-ranking officials who have the ear of our Commander-in-Chief.”
The group worked for two days to prepare and deliver presentations to the White House Office of Science and Technology as well as the United States Department of Agriculture. They also met with with U.S. Senators from Utah, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, as well as Utah’s U.S. Representatives Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart.
“Our youth have a heightened sense of the problems that our nation currently faces, particularly the problems their generation is going to have to solve,” said Hill. “When they come home, our youth are commissioned to work on a local level to help solve these challenges in their communities.”
More information about the National 4-H Conference can be found at http://www.4-h.org/4-h-conference/.