4-Hers go to Washington for leadership training

Fort Valley State University 4-H program members and Woodie Hughes Jr., FVSU’sinterim 4-H program leader,
stop for a photo in front of the White House on June 29 as part of their Citizenship Washington Focus experience.

July 18, 2012 – A 700-mile trip is one of the latest youth initiatives hosted by Fort Valley State University, which teams up with a national organization striving to transform young lives.

The national 4-H Council hosted its annual Citizenship Washington Focus event at its headquarters in Chevy Chase, Md., and nine 4-H’ers associated with the university attended the event held from June 23 to 30. The organization teaches 1,500 students annually about the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of productive citizens and leaders.

“I had the gracious opportunity to meet Congressman John Lewis,” said Odessa Cornelius of Twiggs County. “He made me better understand why the sacrifices that were made during the civil rights era are so important to people like myself.” The 15-year-old went on the trip with five Peach County students, two from Twiggs County and a Terrell County 4-H’er.

The 4-H’ers participated in civic workshops and attended meetings with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. They also visited the Arlington National Cemetery, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial and other historical sites.

“This opportunity is not only a cultural experience, but one that will help transform these young people into college graduates and leaders in their communities,” saidWoodie Hughes Jr., FVSU’s interim 4-H program leader.

The Twiggs County students were also recognized by 4-H for their participation with other Georgia 4-H’ers, who created a “Revolution of Responsibility” video that documented their 2011 CWF action plan to help rebuild their town’s only library.

“CWF is our premier civic engagement program offering young people the opportunity to work collaboratively to address issues they see in their communities,” said Donald T. Floyd Jr., National 4‑H Council president and CEO, in an issued statement. “The problem-solving tools these young people gain during CWF give them the confidence to step up to problems and find solutions to improve their communities, and allow them to become successful, dynamic leaders.”

The 4-H program is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The National 4-H Council is a private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture within the USDA. This organization strives to increase investment and participation in positive, high-quality development for 4-H youth. These programs are implemented by the 111 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local extension offices across the country.

For more information about 4-H activities, presentations, workshops and programs atFVSU, contact Woodie Hughes Jr. at (478) 825-6219 or hughesw@fvsu.edu. Click hereto watch the “Revolution of Responsibility” video.


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