4-H 'conversation' part of centennial celebration

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2002

As part of its centennial celebration, 4-H has initiated "The National Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century."

This "conversation" will involve community participants who will share ideas about youth development needs and successes. The question to be addressed is "Within the next three to five years, what are the most important actions we can take to create the future we want for our youth, ourselves and our community?"

The local conversation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Kenai Alternative School. Adults and teens from the community have been asked to attend and share ideas.

Those ideas will be presented at the 4-H state conversation in Anchorage and eventually be taken to the national conversation in Washington, D.C., where the national report will be presented to President George W. Bush and Congress.

On the Kenai Peninsula, 4-H has approximately 200 members, most of whom belong to the 10 established clubs. Nationwide, there are more than 6.8 million youths involved in 4-H programs annually.

"We want the nation to know that we're not building a granite monument to our 4-H centennial," said Don Floyd, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council, in a prepared release.

"Instead, in the tradition of 4-H, we're creating an action plan for families, youth leaders and communities ... to guide us in the coming century."

Also, as part of its centennial celebration, 4-H hopes to engage millions of young people and adults in pledging time toward community service.

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