Leadership and independence were the name of the game for five Scotland County youth who attended Missouri’s 4-H Teen Conference at MU last weekend. They joined 255 youth ages 11-13 from 68 Missouri counties for workshops led by older State 4-H Council teens. “It’s a time to experience the thrill of independence in a safe and inclusive setting away from home,” said Kristy Eggleston-Wood, Scotland County Youth Program Administrator. “They build life skills, make new friends, and experience Missouri 4-H on a statewide scale.”
The theme of Teen Conference was Make Your Move in the Game of Leadership. Workshops included an escape room, creating art packets for a youth crisis center, and learning about other countries from international exchange students. Youth also explored the habitats of native bees through a 4-H Ag Innovators Experience sponsored by Bayer, and celebrated 103,752 meals collected by 4-H’ers during the 4-H Feeding Missouri initiative. The keynote speaker was Dr. Lupita Fabregas, Missouri 4-H Program Leader, who delivered a message about recognizing our own diversity and connecting across cultural lines.
“4-H connects youth to the larger world and gets them engaged in their own hometowns,” said Bradd Anderson, State 4-H Youth Specialist. Missouri 4-H is a program of MU Extension and is open to all children ages 5-18. For more information, visit http://4h.missouri.edu or contact your local MU Extension Office at (660) 465-7255.