State 4-H Conference Develops Young Leaders

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Contributed Photo Blake Summers (left) and Simeon Buie at the State 4-H Conference March 12-13.

Saline County 4-H Junior Leaders Simeon Buie of Malta Bend and the Work-To-Win 4H club, along with Blake Summers of Slater and the Missouri 4-H State Council, were among the 333 people attending the Missouri 4-H Teen Conference held March 12-13, at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Delegates from 58 Missouri counties attended workshops on the MU Campus to connect with other youth, build service learning experience, and master innovative new skills.

Activities included creating musical instruments from recycled materials, learning about other cultures, and assembling hygiene packages for homeless citizens. Delegates also learned about honey bees and their importance to Missouri agriculture through a hands-on 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, created by a collaboration of National 4-H Council and the Monsanto Company.

Teen Conference is planned and led by the State 4-H Council-- a group of older teens elected annually by their peers-- working in partnership with MU Extension faculty advisors.

"4-H offers young people a positive life trajectory that includes role models, citizenship, and lifelong learning," said Taylor Bryant, Saline County 4-H Youth Development Specialist for MU Extension, "and Teen Conference delegates often find themselves wanting to become role models as well."

Missouri 4-H is open to all children ages 5-18. For more information, visit www.4h.missouri.edu/saline/4h or contact your local MU Extension Center at 660-886-6908.