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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Club News – McKean Teen Leadership Club

Members Alana Durphy, Raven Ahearn, and Icie Vito display one of the games for Treasures of 4-H.

The McKean Teen Leadership 4-H Club held its first meeting at the 4-H Center. Three members, two adults, and two guests were present. Ann Dunkerton, 4-H Extension Educator, informed the members about the chance to earn a jacket for participation in leadership meetings and events. After pizza and cider, the group set up the 4-H Center for the Treasures of 4-H open house to be held during the Haunted Barns event on the McKean County fairgrounds October 24 and 25. The 4-H Center will be open Saturday from 10:00 am to noon and Sunday from 2:00-4:00 pm for fun activities as well as information and registration for local clubs for the new program year.

Many schools and scholarships are asking for students that have community service and leadership training in their resume. The mission of the 4-H program is to “empower youth to reach their full potential” with the goal of “teaching life-skills such as decision-making, public speaking, and leadership.” The 4-H program is committed to positive youth development and offers special opportunities for training and experience in leadership for teens, aged 13-18. Pre-registration through the Extension Office is required. New members are always welcome!

The State Teen Leadership Conference will be held at the Penn Stater in State College from January 22-24 with the theme “Rockin’ out to Leadership.” Some of the workshops include: 7 Attributes of a Great Teen, Camp Works, Leadership Survival Skills, Communicating your 4-H message, and Global Perspectives. The deadline for early bird (discounted) registration is November 20, but registrations will be accepted through December 14. There will also be a one-day event for middle schoolers as well as the State Leaders Forum on January 23, 2016.

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the world, a community of 7 million young people in more than 50 countries who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills through projects of their choice. 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension system through 3,100 local Extension offices. New members and adult volunteers are encouraged to join the program. Contact the McKean County Extension Office at 814-887-5613 for more information. 

Penn State Extension encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the McKean County Extension Office in advance of your participation. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups.

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