AMES, Iowa – Kelsey Mumm of Black Hawk County has been selected to represent Iowa as a delegate for the National 4-H Congress entitled “Accept the Challenge” in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 27 – Dec. 1. One of 22 Iowa youth attending, she is sponsored by the Iowa 4-H Foundation National 4-H Congress Endowment and will get a chance to listen to speakers, participate in workshops and serve the Atlanta community.
“National 4-H Congress is an amazing opportunity for Iowa 4-H’ers,” said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth developmental specialist. “Not only do youth meet delegates from across the country, they also have the opportunity to hear nationally-renowned speakers and participate in thought-provoking workshops.”
The workshop topics include team building, cultural issues and leadership skills, and the community service projects take place in the Atlanta area. Tours of Atlanta, an international night and a trip to the Atlanta History Museum are among other things also included.
Mumm, 17, is the daughter of Ronn and Deb Mumm of Hudson. Through interviews and evaluation of support materials, she and the other 21 delegates were selected based on their citizenship, leadership and overall achievement in the 4-H program.
During her nine years in 4-H, Mumm has been involved in the communication, photography, swine and leadership project areas while earning a state 4-H citizenship project award. Her dedication to leadership and citizenship projects have earned her recognition, including the Danforth “I Dare You,” Mayor’s Top Teen and Guldager Merit awards, and her experiences have taught her the importance of service.
“They have helped me realize how fortunate I am and how important it is to volunteer and help others in their time of need,” she said.
A county, area and state 4-H council member, Mumm also has served on her county youth committee and as club president and vice president. She has attended the Citizenship-Washington Focus and Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and is currently a senior at Hudson High School.
“4-H has helped me gain self-confidence and the outgoing personality that I have. I have learned to speak in public and interact with people of all ages,” she said. “4-H has also taught me the importance of leadership and citizenship while helping me to develop skills in these areas. My goal is to have a career in the 4-H organization.”
Two ISU Extension youth development field specialists, Ray Reynolds and Daleta Christensen, will accompany the Iowa delegates as chaperones.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Black Hawk County office of ISU Extension. 4-H in Iowa is administered through the ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development program and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames.
Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, email@example.com