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4-H Members Attend Event

Submitted Photo Elle Neal, left, and Latorrie Johnson, members of the Helping Hands 4-H Club at Trenton,  were among the 350 attending the 2014 state 4-H Teen Conference on March 22-23 in Columbia. The delegates, ages 11-13, attended workshops to develop belonging, generosity and mastery of new skills, three of the 4-H program’s four “essential elements.”  The fourth is independence, and for many delegates Teen Conference is the first big overnight trip away from home. Teen Conference is led by the State 4-H Council, a group of older teens elected annually by their peers, who work for months to plan this annual event and represent 4-H. “Planners and attendees both develop leadership skills through this experience,” said Lisa Delameter, Grundy County Youth Program Associate for MU Extension.  “The older teens planning this event build as many leadership skills as the younger ones who attend.” Delegates learned about ecology, engineering, robotics, leadership, tips for making friends, and the importance of accepting oneself.

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Elle Neal, left, and Latorrie Johnson, members of the Helping Hands 4-H Club at Trenton, were among the 350 attending the 2014 state 4-H Teen Conference on March 22-23 in Columbia. The delegates, ages 11-13, attended workshops to develop belonging, generosity and mastery of new skills, three of the 4-H program’s four “essential elements.” The fourth is independence, and for many delegates Teen Conference is the first big

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