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4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus attracts 150 youth to Raleigh

June 11, 2009

Media Contact: Dr. Marshall Stewart, 919.740.9398 or 919.515.1681 or

150 youth and adults from across the state will be in Raleigh June 15-17 for 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus at the Sheraton Raleigh Downtown. Delegates learn about citizenship, the legislative process and community engagement.

During the conference, the delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a number of key state leaders and experience workshops on a variety of topics from "Whatz Up On Capitol Hill?" to "Nuts and Bolts of the North Carolina General Assembly." On Wednesday morning, delegates will visit their legislative representatives in their offices, following a legislative breakfast.

"Citizenship has been at the core of the 4-H mission throughout its history. The importance of 4-H youth engagement in community and state issues is critical for the development of future leaders for our society," said Dr. Marshall Stewart, associate director, department head and state program leader for the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences. "This conference provides 4-H youth leaders with skills that will enable them to make a positive difference in clubs, community, country and world."

News media are invited to cover these events at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in downtown Raleigh. Some highlights of the conference are:

Monday, June 15
Luncheon, 12:00 - 1:45 p.m., with U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge

Tuesday, June 16
Luncheon, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m., with state Sen. David Rouzer
NC SPIN, 2 p.m., session on youth issues

Wednesday, June 17
Breakfast , 7:30-8:15 a.m., with state Sen. Tony Rand
Lunch, Noon - 1:00 p.m., Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton

A schedule of the entire conference is available from Sarah Kotzian,

4-H is the youth development program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians. Extension professionals in 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation provide education and technical assistance based on research from North Carolina's land-grant universities, N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University.

Written by: Natalie Hampton, or 919.513.3128

Posted by Natalie at June 11, 2009 11:09 AM