4-H is a community of young people across America that learns leadership, citizenship and life skills. For the past two decades, Kentucky 4-H has given youths an opportunity to attend a four-day Issues Conference to develop such skills.

This year’s 4-H Issues Conference will be Nov. 19-22 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in Jabez, Ky. Two or more delegates from each county are selected to attend the conference. Selection criteria for the conference include demonstrated leadership ability or potential, other organizational involvement, excellent communication skills, issue awareness and commitment to taking action.

The conference is designed to help young people become more involved in shaping public policies about youth-related issues and develop confidence so they can become resources that bring about positive changes in their communities. Youth also acquire skills to provide leadership for efforts to achieve local changes and become more knowledgeable about issues affecting them. At the conference, delegates make a commitment to apply what they have learned to help plan and carry out community-based programs addressing locally identified youth issues in their communities.

Each year, the conference’s planning committee develops a list of issues affecting young people; then youths interested in attending the conference vote for the top three issues on their registration forms. The most popular issues are chosen for action-group discussions during the conference. Some of the choices this year include go green, media influence on teens and teen stress.

For more information on the 4-H Issues Conference or other leadership and citizenship opportunities through 4-H programs, contact the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service at 623-4072. Registration forms are available now and are due Friday, Oct. 16.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion,

disability or national origin.

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