4-H’ers Represent Delaware in DC at National 4-H Conference

Seven 4H youth on steps at national conferenceFrom April 7 – April 11, 2019, seven youth from across Delaware made their way to Washington, D.C. to represent our state at the 2019 National 4-H Conference. This event is held every year at the 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. The delegates sent to this year’s conference are as follows: McKenna Breeding, Maycee Collison, McKenna Corbeil, Riley Taylor and Lake Vasey from Kent County and Jacob Maske and Matison Smith from Sussex County.

The main focus of the National 4-H Conference is for 4-H youth to develop upon their leadership and communication skills. This is done by each delegate being assigned to one of 20+ roundtable topics. Roundtable sessions included Healthy Relationships, Bullying, Safe Driving, Ag Challenges, Mental Health and Natural Gas. Once assigned, delegates were busy the entire week putting together and giving presentations to various federal agencies within our nation’s government.Seven 4-H youth standing on steps
In addition, Delaware 4-H members had the chance to meet and hear from federal officials such as Senator Tom Carper and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, as well as witness the resigning of the Memorandum of Understanding between the National 4-H Council, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) , and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

4H youth and chaperone withCongresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester
DE 4-H National Conference delegation with Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester

Funding for delegates to attend the National 4-H Conference was generously provided by the Delaware 4-H Foundation. State 4-H staff members look forward to another round of applicants seeking to attend the 2020 conference.