Young leaders to gather for Pennsylvania's 4-H State Achievement Days

University Park, Pa. -- More than 750 youth from across the state will participate in this year's 4-H Pennsylvania State Achievement Days, to be held from Aug. 3 to 5, on Penn State's University Park campus. The annual three-day educational program provides an opportunity for Pennsylvania 4-Hers to demonstrate knowledge gained through participation in the 4-H program.

"Throughout the year, 4-H members work with adult volunteers to learn citizenship, leadership and other important life skills that prepare them to become active and contributing members of society," said Amy Gregor, youth program management coordinator in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "The Pennsylvania 4-H program, which is part of Cooperative Extension in the college, served approximately 170,000 youth last year."

At the meeting, youth are recognized for their 4-H achievements and accomplishments for the year. State Achievement Days include 26 competitive and non-competitive activities in such areas as physical fitness, orienteering, food and nutrition, public speaking, livestock, dairy and horse judging. In addition, top competitors get the opportunity to qualify for national events.

Regional finalists who created clothing in fashion projects will compete in a fashion review at 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 4 at Eisenhower Auditorium. The fashion show is free and open to the public.

In addition to community service activities, participants will have the opportunity to attend "What Does Penn State Have to Offer?", a presentation of majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences in animal sciences and pre-vet studies, food science, biomedical sciences, environmental studies and policy, plant sciences, engineering and technology, forest resources, the social sciences and more.

New this year is the 4-H Science Symposium, which will teach youth about current energy issues, climate change, implications for agriculture and emerging careers in the field of energy science. Members also will participate in 4-H State Council Elections to select up to 12 teens from across the state to represent the Pennsylvania 4-H program both locally and nationally -- the highest position a 4-H youth can obtain in the state.

"Another great aspect of this event is that the youth are given the opportunity on Tuesday afternoon to participate in various service-learning activities, such as collecting items to send to military personnel and to fill 'Hero Packs' for children of deployed service men and women; making fleece blankets to send to shelters, children's hospitals and veteran's homes; and favors for Meals on Wheels," Gregor said. "What a great way to teach youth about giving back and volunteering!"

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Last Updated November 18, 2010