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National 4-H Congress Delegates Gain Leadership Skills

The National 4-H Congress is one of several national and statewide leadership development opportunities available to North Dakota youth through 4-H.

Attending the 2021 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, was an experience of a lifetime for North Dakota delegates Rachel Larson, Adams County; Kaylee Kemp, Pembina County; Margo Mumm, Richland County; and chaperone Emily Burkett, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension – Ward County agent.

“National 4-H Congress was an educational opportunity that allowed for the chance to be a leader, network with others from across the nation and serve through community service projects,” says Kemp. “This experience will allow me to make a difference in my state, county and community through the knowledge I have gained.”

The three North Dakota delegates joined more than 800 youth from across the U.S. in workshops that helped them improve their leadership skills. Congress delegates heard from nationally and internationally recognized speakers, took part in a service-learning projects and experienced local culture through visits to locations such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Change and the Atlanta Zoo.

“I had an amazing time at National 4-H Congress,” says Larson. “The experience was fun as well as educational, and it was a great way to meet people from around the country that share common experiences and uphold the values taught by 4-H.”

“4-H Congress is an excellent way for youth to experience different cultures and meet new friends,” says Emily Burkett, the group’s chaperone. “I think the biggest take-away the youth I chaperoned came back with was how different everyone’s 4-H experience is. Some were surprised to learn about parishes and states without a state fair.”

“4-H Congress was a great way to gain new leadership skills that I will use for a lifetime,” says Mumm. “Meeting new people from other states was the highlight of my trip. I definitely recommend 4-H Congress to everyone thinking about going!”

The National 4-H Congress is one of several national and statewide leadership development opportunities available to North Dakota youth through 4-H.

Applications to serve as a 2022 delegate are due to the NDSU Extension Center for 4-H Youth Development by Aug. 1, 2022.

For more information, contact Rachelle Vettern, NDSU Extension leadership and volunteer development specialist, at 701-231-7541 or rachelle.vettern@ndsu.edu.

4-H is a program of NDSU Extension. The North Dakota 4-H Foundation sponsored this educational opportunity.


NDSU Agriculture Communication - Jan. 11, 2021

Source: Rachelle Vettern, 701-231-5391, rachelle.vettern@ndsu.edu

Editor: Kelli Anderson, 701-231-6136, kelli.c.anderson@ndsu.edu

 

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