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Transylvania 4-H Youth Attends NCACC Youth Summit


September 4, 2017

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The Transylvania County delegation, from left to right, are Mike Hawkins, Jonathan Griffin (NCACC County Management Fellow), Cjon Conley and Larry Chapman.

4-H Teen Council member Cjon Conley represented Transylvania County at the annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Youth Summit, which was held in Durham, Aug. 11-12.

North Carolina 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partnered for the eighth year with the NCACC on a multi-year initiative to increase youth involvement in county government. This initiative aims to overcome the mindset that many youth are disengaged and lack trust in government.

More than 73 counties were represented during this event. Eleven youth delegates attended from Western North Carolina. In preparation for the Youth Summit, each delegate attended a county commissioner meeting to introduce themselves and observe their commissioners at work. Conley also interviewed Commission Chairman Larry Chapman to learn more about serving as an elected official. Activities at the Youth Summit included learning about personality types, taking on the role of commissioner in a budget simulation and joining the commissioners at their breakfast meeting. The youths' main take-away from the experience was an appreciation for the difficult decisions that commissioners must make when balancing the budget.

For more information on the Transylvania County 4-H program, contact 4-H Youth Development Agent Mary Arnaudin at 884-3109 or [email protected]

4-H is North Carolina's largest youth development organization, equipping more than 247,000 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to "learn by doing," helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens.

N.C. State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.


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