Local 4-H’ers take YOUth pledge at national Congress

Local 4-H'ers take YOUth pledge at national Congress Twelve South Dakota youth were among 1,100 4-H delegates from throughout the United States that participated in the 80th National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA, Nov. 23-27.

National 4-H Congress recognizes the accomplishments of youth in the 4-H program and provides an outstanding educational opportunity for 4-H youth. The delegates return home with new ideas and a commitment to become more involved in their own communities.

Local 4-H'ers who traveled to Georgia are Tabitha Hubert, Vermillion, and Dean Miller, Wakonda.

Other South Dakotans in attendance were Cale Blare of Ideal, Jena Blare of Ideal, Craig Hansen of Turton, Arne Harstad of Revillo, Melissa Hieb of Hosmer, Megan Juhnke of Vivian, Michael Marshall of Sioux Falls, Jill Misar of Humboldt, Connie Patmore of Winner, and John Wagner of Colome.

On the final day of congress, delegates took the Power of YOUth Pledge, a civic commitment to volunteer in their local communities. If each of the 6.8 million 4-H members and 610,000 volunteers would donate one day of community service, it would generate 60 million work hours.

That's worth $300 million at minimum wage.

In a recent survey conducted by National 4-H Council, America's young people responded that building respect and tolerance for others is the single greatest need in their communities. Those attending National 4-H Congress increased their cultural understanding through workshops and experienced the culturally diverse heritage of Atlanta.

They learned from each other about customs and traditions in other cultures and parts of the country.

In addition, delegates volunteered throughout Atlanta. They helped local children create art projects as part of the Art of the Season program. Proceeds from Art of the Season benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Congress delegates donated more than 1,300 children books to patients at the Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta. Miss America 2001 Katie Harmon assisted Congress representatives in presenting the books to the children.

In South Dakota, 12,000 youth and 3,000 volunteers are involved in the 4-H program.

4-H is the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension Service, which conducts programs in all 3,067 counties of the U.S., District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and five other territories.

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