Scotland County 4-Hers Attend Teen Leadership Conference in Tennessee

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Victor, Chancellor and Kayvon unload to travel to Tennessee

Three Scotland County 4-H youth attended the Southern Regional 4-H Teen Leadership Conference, held September 21 – 24, 2017 in Crossville, Tennessee. Chancellor Byrd, 15, son of William and Precious Byrd, Kayvon Douglas, 17, son of April McDuffie, and Victor Gordon, 15, son of Nyeree Charette were among the fifteen North Carolina teens selected to represent North Carolina.

The Southern Regional 4-H Teen Leadership Conference is the first-of-its-kind, multi-state 4-H conference geared at creating successful youth-adult partnerships to make a positive change across the southern region. The southern region is made of thirteen states from Virginia to Texas, bringing together over 400 youth annually who share information about their state, their 4-H programs and who work to improve their leadership skills and knowledge.

NC 4-Hers packed and ready to roll to Tennessee

This opportunity encouraged positive youth development in four guiding concepts: mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity. Fostering mastery by empowering teens to partner with an adult to facilitate a workshop on a topic of their choice, belonging by fostering connecting with like-minded 4-H’ers from other parts of the country, independence by group-living dynamics, and generosity by participating in several service learning opportunities.

Kayvon (grey pants) participating in an improv presentation

The conference included workshops in the following areas:

  • Leadership Training
  • Cooking, Healthy Living, Environmental Science, Teambuilding, and more
  • A Night of Culture
  • Sample foods from across the southeast during the Taste of States
  • Multi-State Service Projects
  • Lead a workshop and share your knowledge with others

The Scotland County 4-H teen representatives plan to utilize their new skills to include other Scotland County 4-Hers and adults in organizing, planning and facilitating a future joint community service project as agreed upon by the southern region states.

Chancellor holing the NC flag during the States’ flag march

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina and the largest in the nation. 4-H is part of the NC Cooperative Extension System of NC State University and NC A&T State University; a program where youth learn through opportunities that provide hands-on experiences in 4-H’s mission mandates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; healthy living; citizenship; and community service.

For more information or if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (910) 277-2422 or

4-Hers representing 13 states of the southern region