Youth from every corner of the state gathered on the University of Missouri campus May 28-30 for the 69th annual State 4-H Congress. In all, 294 teens ages 14-18 participated in a variety of hands-on workshops that fit their interests. Choices ranged widely, from leadership development to acting, writing, and meteorology.
“4-H is about building life skills,” said Stephanie Femrite, 4-H Youth Specialist. “State 4-H Congress helps teens develop important abilities, explore careers and make positive new friends from across the state.”
State 4-H Congress delegates also elect 36 peers to represent them on the state’s 4-H council for the coming year. This council works with faculty from MU and Lincoln University to provide a youth voice in the continued development of Missouri 4-H programs. 4-H in Missouri is a program of MU Extension. Over 22,000 Missouri children and youth participate in 4-H clubs, and over 276,000 were reached by Missouri 4-H programs in 2012. Research shows youth involved with 4-H more likely to pursue careers in science, excel in leadership, have higher educational goals, and embrace fewer unhealthy behaviors such as alcohol and tobacco.
For more information about Missouri 4-H programs, visit http://4h.missouri.edu.