Encourage outstanding 4-H’ers to attend National 4-H Congress

Michigan State University Extension 4-H staff members and volunteers, please encourage outstanding 4-H’ers ages 14 to 19 to attend the 2012 National 4-H Congress. This leadership, citizenship and community-service event takes place Nov. 23–27 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Ga. I’ve been serving on the governing committee for this event and know it’s a great opportunity, and I’ve heard many participants state that it is the highlight of all of their experiences in 4-H. Although this might seem relevant only to Children and Youth Institute staff, I’d encourage anyone who knows an older 4-H youth who would benefit from this experience to call it to their attention.

Young people from across the U.S. will come together to attend workshops about leadership development, character education, agriculture, cultural awareness and diversity education, workforce preparation, environmental stewardship, science and technology literacy, and communication-skills development.

Participants will take part in an international dinner and dance, and visit the Atlanta History Center. They may choose to tour Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN, the Carter Presidential Library and the Martin Luther King Center. The congress features some of the nation’s most outstanding community leaders, speakers and educators.

Betsy Knox, Extension program leader, is the overall event coordinator. Extension educator Frank Cox serves as onsite coordinator, and Extension educator Roxanne Turner serves as onsite chaperone.

Chelsea Carls, Branch County 4-H member, 2011 National 4-H Congress delegate and member of the 2011 4-H Congress Leadership Team, had this to say about the experience, “I believe that the skills I have gained from being both a delegate and a leader at National 4-H Congress will help me make a change in my community and influence others to do the same.”

The cost is $1,175 per participant. This covers the delegate’s round-trip airfare to Atlanta, registration fee, lodging, meals, a shirt and a group photo. Delegates will also want to bring about $100 for luggage fees, meals to and from Atlanta, and souvenirs.

County 4-H staff members must send a County Reservation and Deposit Form to the event’s logistics coordinator Priscilla Martin by July 18 to let her know the number of delegate reservations she’ll need to save. Contact Priscilla at 517-432-7635 or pjmartin@msu.edu for a form or retrieve it from the ANR SharePoint site under “MSUE,” “Preparing Michigan’s Children and Youth,” “Leadership/Civic Engagement,” then “Documents” and finally “National 4-H Congress.” You’ll find the form in both Word and PDF format. For more information, contact Priscilla.

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