• By April Bowman
  • Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016

4-H Members Attend 2016 NC Citizenship Focus

A delegation of three Forsyth County 4-H members attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Forsyth County delegation returned home from the three-day conference, during which more than 140 youth and adults representing 61 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen.

Samuel Barrick, Blaise Gourley, and BJ Hutchins, along with April Bowman, Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, represented Forsyth County at the June 13-15 conference. Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates learned and shared information related to local, state and national government, as well as learned how they could make an impact in the area of citizenship. The three youth did a presentation on the "Acts of Kindness" that they often contribute to their communities as members of the Trailblazers Teen 4-H Club, such as game night at the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission and Adopt-a-Resident at Kerner Ridge Assisted Living.

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 their staff.

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus is sponsored by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives – Touchstone Energy. North Carolina 4-H is Cooperative Extension’s youth development program.

For more information on this event or other 4-H programs, please contact April Bowman, 4-H Agent in Forsyth County at 336-703-2855.

Pictured are left to right: Samuel Barrick, BJ Hutchins and Blaise Gourley.

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