Hunter Guenther, Alan George, Donniejo Dittrich, Rylee Rosenberg and Paige Danzinger from Buffalo County 4-H were four of hundreds of 4‑H youth who attended the 98th annual 4-H & Youth Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in June.
4-H youth leaders joined about 400 other young people representing UW-Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program in celebrating the 98th anniversary of the youth program in Wisconsin at the conference. The adult 4-H leader advising the county delegation was Penny Danzinger. Michelle Moats served as the state health liasion for the conference. Morgan Guenther also represented Buffalo County as part of the State 4-H Arts Team.
The annual four-day conference gives youth a chance to learn about a variety of 4-H and other youth programs, experience hands-on learning in a university campus atmosphere, strengthen life skills such as communication and leadership, gain knowledge to share back home, and exchange ideas and form friendships with youth from around the state.
The delegates attended workshops and assemblies developed around the theme “Leadership…the Road Less Traveled” which highlighted leadership, individual responsibility, goal setting, healthy living, and living up to potential. Students participate in a variety of community service projects designed to stimulate interest in replicating similar projects in their own communities.
Workshop topics included everything from communication arts to building leadership skills, healthy living, STEM topics, youth citizenship, and a host of other exciting subjects.
The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation provided financial support for this conference.