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Brunswick County 4-H member Sammi Lawrence attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus in Raleigh on June 11-13. She returned home from three days where more than 200 youth and adults representing more than 75 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands-on experiences about the different levels and branches of government.
Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates learned and shared information related to local, state and national government, as well as participating in budget simulation sessions and learning how to be active in the area of citizenship. Delegates also worked with their county 4-H agent to develop an action plan based on a local need in their community to implement upon returning home from the conference.
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 staff.
North Carolina 4-H is Cooperative Extension’s youth development program that allows youth to participate in fun, hands-on learning activities supported by the latest research of land grant universities that are focused on three areas: healthy living, citizenship, and science, engineering, and technology. The 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus is sponsored by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives–Touchstone Energy.
To learn more about Brunswick County 4-H and how to participate in activities like these, contact Blair Green, 4-H extension agent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angie Lawrence, 4-H program assistant, at email@example.com. Call the Cooperative Extension office at 253-2610 or visit its website at brunswickco4h.shutterfly.com.