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4-H Leadership Opportunities Teach Lifelong Skills

There are several national and statewide leadership development opportunities available to North Dakota youth through 4-H, an NDSU Extension program.

4-H Teaching Leadership
Learning leadership though 4-H

For Cavalier 4-H’er Wesley Kemp, attending the 2015 National 4-H Conference in Chevy Chase, Md., was life-changing.

During the civic engagement conference, Kemp participated in a roundtable discussion on how to inspire youth to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and presented suggestions to NASA and the National Science Foundation.

“I learned that everyone’s voice is important and that I can succeed in presenting to any audience,” he says. “Who could be more intimidating than NASA!”

The conference is one of several national and statewide leadership development opportunities available to North Dakota youth through 4-H, an NDSU Extension program. Here are a few others:

National 4-H Congress – Youth gather in Atlanta, Ga., to improve their leadership skills, hear nationally and internationally recognized speakers, and participate in a service learning project.

“I learned how big of an impact 4-H has on my generation and all of the positive opportunities it presents youth around the world, no matter what your interests and talents are,” says Marit Wang, Devils Lake.

4-H Ambassadors – Youth ages 16 to 22 plan and facilitate statewide and regional 4-H activities and events.

“The 4-H program has helped me to grow so much as a person and has helped me to achieve a lot of my goals, so having the opportunity to give back to 4-H was something that really drew me to the Ambassador program,” says Anne Brien, Rolla.

Extension Youth Conference – Youth from across North Dakota listen to speakers, participate in a service learning project and attend educational workshops.

“I am now more confident in myself and my abilities,” says four-time EYC attendee Dalyce Leslie, Deering.

Civic U – Sixth- to eighth-graders learn parliamentary procedure.

Citizenship in Action – Youth learn about the executive, legislative and judicial branches of North Dakota government.

Citizenship Washington Focus – Youth ages 15 to 19 get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital.

For more information:

Rachelle Vettern, 701-231-7541,
Sue Quamme, 701-231-5923,
Dean Aakre, 701-231-8595,

Learn more about North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

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