By By Wanda Paris Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
Middle school 4-H delegates from across the state -- including Lyon County -- recently attended the 12th annual Kentucky 4-H Teen Summit at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in Jabez.
The conference is held annually for youth in grades 6-8 who want to learn more about what Kentucky 4-H can offer and make connections with others from across the state. The program is designed to encourage youth to continue their involvement in 4-H as they transition from middle to high school.
Members of the Kentucky State 4-H Teen Council serve as teen volunteers during the event, providing mentorship opportunities between the middle and high school 4-H'ers. These teen leaders are in charge of teaching a leadership workshop.
Throughout the conference, youth are encouraged to make new friends, develop their leadership skills and experience new learning opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. Additionally, at each summit session a different Leadership Board is showcased by teaching workshops and leading the final assembly. The Kentucky 4-H leadership boards involved include: science, engineering and technology; fashion leadership board; and performing arts troupe.
This year, participants were able to learn valuable leadership, communication, and citizenship skills through different workshop sessions taught by teens, volunteers and extension educators.
In addition to these valuable skills, participants also gained new knowledge and had fun playing volleyball, creating art, hiking, conducting STEM experiments, dancing, and playing various outdoor sports. The youth who attended from Lyon County said they were having so much fun they didn't even realize how much they were learning. Attending from Lyon County were: Emmy Slaton, Braden Guess, Katie Ladd, Matt Langhi, Gavin Young and Ian Aldridge.
If you are a middle school student in Lyon County, contact the Extension Office at 270-388-2341 or stop by the office located at 231 Main Street in Eddyville to find out more about 4-H opportunities!
Information for this newsarticle was provided by Rachel E. Noble, Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development.