Scotland County 4-H Member Attend 2018 Citizenship North Carolina Focus

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Chancellor Byrd, a delegate of Scotland County 4-H attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Scotland County delegation returned home from three days in which more than 120 youth and adults representing 47 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands-on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen. Jessica Holmes, the new chairwoman of the Wake County commissioners, becoming the fourth and youngest African American woman to hold this position, welcomed the group on behalf of Wake County.

Chancellor represented Scotland County at the June 13-15 conference. Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates learned and shared information related to local, state and national government. Delegates also participated in sessions related to youth voice and community change. While at the conference delegates had a chance to visit the Legislative Building in Raleigh to meet with their elected officials and their staff as well as participate in service activities throughout Raleigh. Chancellor and his 4-H Agent, Angela D. Galloway were able to meet with the Honorable Garland E. Pierce, Representative of NC District 48 and the Honorable Thom McInnis, Senator of NC District 25. The Honorable Ken Goodman, representative of NC District 66 was in a committee meeting and unable to meet during our scheduled time.

In addition, youth participated in one of four community service projects to gain experience and knowledge of projects they could return to their communities to serve. The community service projects included: learning about the Agroecology Farm (NCSU) and planting watermelons, tending to the tomatoes, planting squash, and putting down straw to help with weed suppression; Completing a park cleanup at Chavis Park, one of the busiest parks that has a stream that runs through it, so picking up the litter here, helps prevent it from going downstream to the ocean; Planting a pollinator garden to beautify what is now an empty space and learn more about pollinator gardens as well as he work that the Hope Center does; and the youth discussing the function of the Animal Center, pet overpopulation, rabies and community involvement with shelters as well as discussed the importance of enrichment for shelter animals.

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus is sponsored by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. 4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 263,700 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.

For more information on this event or other 4-H programs, please contact Angela D. Galloway, 4-H Agent in Scotland County at (910) 277-2422 or via email at adgallow@ncsu.edu.

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