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Local students to be part of state issues conference

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4-H and You

By Jeff Young

4-H is a community of young people across America that learns leadership, citizenship and life skills.

For the past two decades, Kentucky 4-H has given youths an opportunity to attend a four-day “Issues Conference” to develop such skills.

This year’s 4-H Issues Conference will be Nov. 20-23 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in Jabez.

Two delegates or more delegates and an adult from each county are selected to attend the conference.             Selection criteria for the conference include demonstrated leadership ability or potential, other organizational involvement, excellent communication skills, issue awareness and commitment to taking action.

This year’s Bullitt County delegates will include: Daniel Willhite from North Bullitt High School, Nicole Johnson from Bullitt Central; Brittany Blevins, Alexis Carey, Emily Gentry, Kaelin McWilliams, Stefan Reynolds, and Evan Young from Bullitt East.

Wendy McCutcheon, 4-H Teen Club Volunteer will accompany our delegates to the conference. 

The 4-H Issues Conference is designed to help young people become more involved in shaping public policies about youth-related issues and develop confidence so they can become resources that bring about positive changes in their communities.

Youth also acquire skills to provide leadership for efforts to achieve local changes and become more knowledgeable about issues affecting them.

At the conference, delegates make a commitment to apply what they have learned to help plan and carry out community-based programs addressing locally identified youth issues in their communities.  

Each year the conference’s planning committee develops a list of issues affecting young people; then youths interested in attending the conference vote for the top three issues on their registration forms.      The most popular issues are chosen for action-group discussions during the conference.

For more information on the 4-H Issues Conference or other leadership and citizenship opportunities through 4-H programs, contact Jeff Young at the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.