Several local 4-H members joined more than 300 other young people across the state to network and improve their leadership skills at the recent Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference, according to a statement. of the extension service. The conference, themed “Be Different Together,” was held both virtually and in person at State College’s Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.
“This was the first year we offered the virtual component while the in-person group met,” said Jeanette Stackhouse, 4-H teen program manager at Penn State Extension.
Casey Zirk and Makayla Keller of Gettysburg and Amanda Woerner of Orrtanna, joined 4-H members across the state to participate in workshops designed and led by 4-H extension educators, alumni, faculty and staff. Penn State staff and industry leaders. Workshops included topics that encouraged young people to develop skills in public speaking, teamwork, mentoring, interviewing, social justice, stress management, networking, etiquette email and advocacy.
“The Adams County 4-H youth who attended the conference are current and future leaders in their communities, schools and 4-H activities,” the statement read.
The keynote speaker was Brandon Farbstein, motivational speaker, activist and author. Diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism at age 2, Farbstein now shares a message of self-acceptance, empathy and inclusion with people around the world.
On the final day of the conference, 29 4-H’ers received the Diamond Clover Awards, the highest achievement possible in the Pennsylvania 4-H program. The Clover Awards program encourages 4-H members to explore new projects and activities that will help them learn the seven leadership life skills: communicate; decision making and problem solving; getting along with others; learn to learn; manager; to understand each other; and work in groups. Engagement with the Clover Award program is typically a multi-year process and involves planning and implementing a service-learning project in the community, according to the release.
Amanda Hollabaugh of East Berlin was the recipient of the Adams County Diamond Clover Award. Hollabaugh helped plan and organize the Land Conservancy of Adams County Picnic in 2021 as part of her project for the award.
Administered in Pennsylvania by Penn State Extension, 4-H is a community of more than 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. According to the release, Penn State Extension 4-H youth development educators in all 67 Commonwealth counties administer local 4-H programs through informal education and outreach.