John Anderson, California, was among the nearly 900 youth delegates from 43 states and Puerto Rico attending the 2010 National 4-H Congress, Nov. 25 - Dec. 1, in Atlanta, Ga. These youth, ages 14-18, Accepted the Challenge to be the best person they could be. The National 4-H Congress experience provides a great opportunity for 4-H members from the across the country to come together and learn about community involvement, cultural diversity, and service to others while meeting new friends and experiencing Atlanta, Ga.
Selection as a delegate to National 4-H Congress is one of the highest honors in Missouri 4-H. Youth must complete a written application which is judged at the regional and state levels. Those with the highest scores at the state level are asked to return for an interview and the top 30 youth are selected as delegates.
During National Congress, youth participated in workshops, where inspired by speakers such as Miss America 2010 and the author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and learned about the history and culture of Atlanta. Youth also had the opportunity to tour Atlanta landmarks including CNN, the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium. One highlight of the trip was the community service projects performed around Atlanta. These projects included raking leaves at city parks, cleaning up an outdoor classroom after vandalism, tutoring at a school and many other activities.
For more information about 4-H, visit 4h.missouri.edu or contact your local Extension Center at 573-378-5358.