4-H Citizenship Focus

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A delegation of Washington County 4-H members attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Washington County delegation returned home from three days in which more than 100 youth and adults representing over 60 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen.

Keymiya Norman, of Plymouth, and Marisa Horton, of Creswell, represented Washington County at the June 13-15 conference. Through various conference sessions, budget simulations, and facilitated discussions, delegates learned and shared information related to local, state and national government as well as learned how they could make an impact in the area of citizenship. This year’s conference theme was “iMatter: Choice, Character, & Conviction in 2016.” “Yes, I’m young, but that doesn’t matter, because I can still make a significant difference in the world now,” Keymiya reflects on the conference evaluation.

The highlight of the conference was the Legislative Breakfast where delegates had a chance to meet and have photos taken with their elected officials. Following the breakfast, delegates traveled to the Legislative Building in Raleigh to meet with their elected officials and their staff. Washington County delegates met with both Senator Erica Smith-Ingram, and Representative Paul Tine. During their visits they had the opportunity to discuss the job of the NC legislature and educate their elected officials on 4-H and its impacts.

Delegates pose with their legislator!

Delegates pose with their legislator!

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus is sponsored by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives – Touchstone Energy. North Carolina 4-H is Cooperative Extension’s youth development program.

For more information on this event or other 4-H programs, please contact Laura Oliver, 4-H Agent in Washington County at 793-2163.