Leadership and independence were the name of the game for four Marion County youth who attended Missouri’s 4-H Teen Conference at MU recently.
They joined 255 youth ages 11 through 13 from 68 Missouri counties for workshops led by older State 4-H Council teens.
“It’s a time to experience the thrill of independence in a safe and inclusive setting away from home,” said Alexis Hudson, Marion County 4-H youth program associate
“They build life skills, make new friends and experience Missouri 4-H on a statewide scale.”
The theme of Teen Conference was Make Your Move in the Game of Leadership. Workshops included an escape room, creating art packets for a youth crisis center and learning about other countries from international exchange students.
Youth also explored the habitats of native bees through a 4-H Ag Innovators Experience sponsored by Bayer, and celebrated 103,752 meals collected by 4-H’ers during the 4-H Feeding Missouri initiative.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Lupita Fabregas, Missouri 4-H program leader, who delivered a message about recognizing our own diversity and connecting across cultural lines.
“4-H connects youth to the larger world and gets them engaged in their own hometowns,” said Bradd Anderson, state 4-H youth specialist.
Missouri 4-H is a program of MU Extension and is open to all children ages five through 18.
For more information, visit http://4h.missouri.edu or contact your local MU Extension office at 573-769-2177.