AMES, Iowa – Lisa Nelson of Worth 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.
Nelson, 17, is the daughter of Gary and Julie Nelson of Lake Mills. 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 five years in 4-H, Nelson has been involved in the agriculture and natural resources and food and nutrition project areas while receiving a state 4-H horse project award. She has also earned local clothing, fashion revue and communication project awards and was a member of the champion state meats judging team.
“I have learned many life skills such as interviewing, communication, citizenship, leadership and writing a resume through all the different project areas,” she said.
Nelson has served as club president and vice president and on her county, area and state 4-H councils. She has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and currently attends Lake Mills High School.
“4-H has made me a well-rounded person,” she said. “ I have gained so many communication skills and participated in many service activities. Leadership has also been a huge opportunity for me to develop skills. Finally, 4-H has taught me anything else I want to know, from livestock to clothing to welding or aerospace – there is something for everyone.”
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 Worth 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