Youth selected to represent Minnesota 4-H at

Youth selected to represent Minnesota 4-H at 2016 National 4-H Conference

St. Paul, MN (3/11/2016) Minnesota will be represented by an outstanding group of 4-H’ers at the 2016 National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 9-14, 2016. The Minnesota 4-H delegation includes: Expedit Rypa (Ramsey), Genevieve Benson NiCheallachian (Hennepin), Nina Buchanan (Chippewa), Rosemary Edberg (Kanabec), Martyn Novacek (Roseau), Megan Slater (Washington), and Klarissa Walvatne (Otter Tail West).

The annual National 4-H Conference – administered by 4-H National Headquarters of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture within the U.S. Department of Agriculture – empowers youth to become well-informed citizens and social change agents who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. 4-H youth delegates have an opportunity to explore complex public issues and possible solutions through research and dialogue. The delegates choose an important societal topic and prepare a briefing working in round-table groups. During the conference, the groups present their briefing to federal officials around the Washington, D.C. area. Delegates also participate in a “Taking it Home” Community Action Plan process that helps them take what they learn at the conference and use it to address an issue back in their home communities.

In addition, Anna Brekke (Scott) and Heather Weller (Otter Tail East) were selected to attend the conference as members of the National 4-H Conference Youth Leadership Team (YLT). The YLT serve as part of the design team for the event and assist conference organizers in planning and facilitating, including: leading general assemblies, selecting the theme and keynote speakers, facilitating social times, selecting educational content for workshops, supporting topic round tables, and creating a welcoming environment for all participants throughout the week. Both attended the conference last year as part of Minnesota’s delegation, and are current 4-H State Ambassadors. The application pool this year was extremely competitive, with 34 applicants from across the country
“Minnesota can be very proud of our youth delegates,” said Judith A. Conway, University of Minnesota Extension educator, committee chair and delegation chaperone. “They are amazing leaders and passionate about making a difference in their communities.”

To learn more go to www.4-h.org/4-h-conference/ or contact Judith A. Conway at 651-480-7792 or conw0076@umn.edu.

About Extension 4-H: Minnesota 4-H is a youth development program delivered by the University of Minnesota Extension. Available throughout Minnesota for youth grades k-1 year after high school, 4-H’s hands-on learning model helps youth obtain essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping and communicating that prepare them to succeed in their school, college, community and careers. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school, are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities, and are 47% less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.

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