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Congratulations to Eliza Meyer

On April 5-11, more than 230 youth from 46 delegations across the United States, United States territories, and Canada participated in the National 4-H Conference at the National 4-H Conference Center near Washington, DC. The conference engages youth in developing a briefing to a federal agency on an issue of interest for both the youth and the agency.

Eliza Meyer from the North Star 4-H club was one of nine Minnesota 4-H youth selected as a delegate for this year’s conference. The youth engaged in three months of preparatory meetings before they departed for DC. While at the conference, each youth delegate was placed in a round table, a group of peers, that were challenged with the task of developing and delivering a briefing to a federal agency. Eliza was on the Cyber Bullying roundtable, and delivered a presentation on Cyber Bullying to Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Consumer & Business Education. Following their briefings, the delegates also had a chance to visit with Minnesota members of Congress and congressional offices. Conference activities also included an educational workshop on civility, a youth town hall, and networking activities with youth from the other 4-H programs. The delegates also had the opportunity to tour the White House, monuments and war memorials, and some museums along the National Mall.

“The National 4-H Conference provides youth with an incredible opportunity to share their perspectives with federal agencies and legislators who represent us in DC,” said Jacquie Lonning, Extension 4-H Youth Development Director of Civic Engagement & Leadership. “As they develop their briefing, they also gain skills in decision making, intercultural communication, and public speaking, all important skills to prepare them to be change agents in their community.”

Polk County 4-H’er Eliza Meyer stated, “I was given the wonderful opportunity to travel to Washington DC to represent MN 4-H. I will never forget the amazing experience and the wonderful people I met.  As MN delegates, we got to tour the White House and meet with our senators and representatives. With my group on Cyberbullying I got to work with people from all over the states and even a guy from the Northern Mariana Islands to work as a group to solve a problem and present it to people from the FTC.”