4-H Citizenship Focus

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Franklin County 4-H’ers with their homemade cloth masks. L to R: Lance Williams, Nathaniel Potter, Emma Haynes, and Meredith Potter photo by M. Wyatt

Franklin County 4-H’ers with their homemade cloth masks, from left to right: Lance Williams, Nathaniel Potter, Emma Haynes, and Meredith Potter.

A delegation of Franklin County 4-H members attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held virtually this year. The Franklin County delegation attended with more than 200 youth and adults representing 56 4-H programs across the state. Delegates participated in facilitated discussions and activities related to the importance of advocacy, local government, state government, and action planning. Emma Haynes, Lance Williams, and Nathaniel and Meredith Potter represented Franklin County at the June 15-17, 2020, conference. Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates learned from leaders across the state and from other conference attendees.

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus is sponsored by North Carolina Electric Cooperatives. 4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 262,200 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. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.

This year 4-H’ers were encouraged to create an action plan for a community service project. Since our country is going through a pandemic, Franklin County 4-H’ers chose to make cloth facemasks and donate them to the Franklin County School system. When youth return to school face to face with restrictions, they will be able to provide masks for some of the students. The youths made 200 cloth masks to complete their community service project.

NC State Extension is the local and statewide outreach provider of North Carolina’s preeminent research enterprise – NC State University. NC State Extension translates research-based knowledge in the areas of agriculture, food and nutrition, and 4-H youth development into everyday solutions that create economic, intellectual and societal prosperity for North Carolina.

For more information on this event or other 4-H programs, please contact Meg Wyatt, 4-H Agent in Franklin County at 919-496-3344.