Clark 4-H’ers attend Teen Summit

Middle school 4-H delegates from across the state 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 sixth through eighth grade 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 and performing arts troupe.

On March 9-11, participants from Clark County were able to learn valuable leadership, communication and citizenship skills through different workshop sessions.

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.

Shannon Farrell is the Clark County Extension agent for 4-H youth development education.