AMES, Iowa – As the “going green” movement continues to build momentum across the country, four selected Iowa youth and two adult delegates soon will head to the National 4-H Conference, “Green AID: Acquire, Inform, Deliver.” Set for March 29 to April 3 and held in Chevy Chase, Md., the conference will focus on environmental issues and how 4-H can help increase awareness and action.
“In the last few years, the focus of the conference has been on how we can work together in youth and adult partnerships to address issues,” said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension 4-H specialist. “Last year they talked about technology. This is the first year they have had an environmental focus.”
The youth delegates from Iowa are Kourtney Determan, 18, Early; Anna Grimley, 18, Springville; Shea Kruger, 17, Grafton; and Amy Peyton, 18, Sac City. ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development sends only four per year; youth must apply and be selected to attend.
“It’s a competitive application process, and we truly feel like we send only the cream of the crop from our state,” said Allen. All four are State 4-H Council members and cite their 4-H experiences as instrumental in developing their citizenship and leadership skills.
The adult delegates are Joyce Patterson of Boone, 4-H youth coordinator for Boone County, and Sherry Ford of Malvern, ISU Extension education director for Mills County. They will be sponsored by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance while the youth delegates will be sponsored by the Des Moines Register and Monsanto.
During the conference, participants will engage in workshops led by fellow 4-H youth and adults, meet with their legislators and inform them about what is happening in the 4-H organization around the country. They also will have a chance to learn of other states’ 4-H successes and are asked to share these ideas with state 4-H staff upon return, feedback that usually is very positive.
“In the past, we have found that Iowa is ahead of the game compared with other states,” said Allen. “For instance, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference is one of the biggest in the country and has been largely successful because it is youth led. Other states are asking for our help and advice.”
More information about this year’s conference can be found at http://4hconf.4-h.org/.
Learn more about the youth delegates.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-7581, email@example.com