Hannah Anderson and Mikayla Acklin, of the Searchers 4-H Club in Cole Camp, were among the 360 people to attend the largest state 4-H Teen Conference in Missouri history March 29-30 at the University of Missouri.
The delegates, ages 11-13, attended workshops to develop belonging, generosity and mastery of new skills, three of the 4-H programís four essential elements. The fourth is independence, and for many delegates the conference was the first big overnight trip away from home.
The conference was led by Missouriís State 4-H Council, a group of older teens elected annually by their peers.
Delegates attended workshops led by council teens who focused on leadership skills, character education and parliamentary procedure. Participants also collected 485 pounds of food for a local food bank and developed materials for MU Extension 4-H LIFE, a program which extends the 4-H experience to families that include a qualified incarcerated parent.
Missouri 4-H is open to all children ages 8-18.