Teens gather on MU Campus for 69th State 4-H Congress
Photo: from left to right, Sam Anibal, Breanna Osterdyk, Isaiah Chandler, Hannah Rockers, Matthew Meyer, Anne Marie Anibal, Ethan Chandler.
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION OFFICE
Youth from every corner of the state gathered on the University of Missouri campus May 28-30 for the 69th annual State 4-H Congress. In all, 294 teens ages 14-18 participated in a variety of hands-on workshops that fit their interests. Choices ranged widely, from leadership development to acting, writing, and meteorology.
“4-H is about building life skills," said Robert McNary, Jasper County 4-H Youth Development Specialist]. “State 4-H Congress helps teens develop important abilities, explore careers and make positive new friends from across the state.”
State 4-H Congress delegates also elect 36 peers to represent them on the state’s 4-H council for the coming year. Anne Marie Anibal of Carthage was elected as a regional representative to the Missouri State 4-H Council. Working with faculty from MU and Lincoln University, the council represents the voice of Missouri 4-H’ers, providing youth input on policy issues and playing a major role in the statewide 4-H events of MU Extension.
4-H in Missouri is a program of MU Extension. Over 22,000 Missouri children and youth participate in 4-H clubs, and over 276,000 were reached by Missouri 4-H programs in 2012. Research shows youth involved with 4-H more likely to pursue careers in science, excel in leadership, have higher educational goals, and embrace fewer unhealthy behaviors such as alcohol and tobacco.
University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything. More information is available online at http://extension.missouri.edu.