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A delegation of eight Delaware 4-H youth representing New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties attended the National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC, on April 6-11, 2013. The Delaware delegation returned home from a week in which more than 270 youth and adults representing 4-H programs across the country gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge to share back at home and develop recommendations to help guide the future of 4-H programs nationally and in their communities. Kimberlyn Scott, Jonah Vincent, and Sydney James represented Sussex County; Regina Reynolds represented New Castle County, and Philip Moore, McKenzie Ivory, Jessica Sullivan, and Natalie Brooks represented Kent County.
Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates learned and shared information on current trends and issues relevant to 4-H and youth, building effective partnerships, creating innovative 4-H programs, expanding the use of technology, working with diverse groups, and impacting community needs. At the completion of roundtable discussions, delegates gave presentations to federal agencies to recommend innovative change and represent youth voice.
The National 4-H Conference upholds a tradition dating back to 1927 when the first “National 4-H Club Camp” was held on the grounds of the National Mall in front of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Known as the “Secretary’s Conference”, National 4-H Conference continues to be USDA’s premier youth development event.
(l-r: Jonah Vincent, Jessica Sullivan, McKenzie Ivory, Senator Carper, Regina Reynolds, Sydney James, Philip Moore, and Natalie Reynolds)