Area youth attended the State 4-H Teen Conference last weekend.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Holden Senior Alan Zvacek:

Alan Zvacek

Zvacek helped organize the event.  He says the students learn about the organization’s essential elements of mastery, generosity, and belonging.

In addition to learning new skills, participants collected almost 500 pounds of food for a local food bank.

Press Release from the University of Missouri Extension

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Shane Carroll and Jarret Kreisel, Good Neighbors 4-H Club of Warrensburg, MO and Shea Fitzgerald, Chilhowee Indians 4H club, of Holden, MO, was among the 360 people attending the largest state 4-H Teen Conferenc ein Missouri history, March 29-30, at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  The delegates, ages 11-13, attended workshops to develop belonging, generosity and mastery of new skills, three of the 4-H program’s four “essential elements.”  The fourth is independence, and for many delegates Teen Conference is the first big overnight trip away from home.

Teen Conference is led by Missouri’s State 4-H Council, a group of older teens elected annually by their peers, who work for months to plan this annual event.  The experience develops the leadership skills of both groups,” said Kim Hall, Johnson County 4-H Youth Specialist for MU Extension.  “The older teens developing this event build as many leadership skills as the younger ones who attend.”

Delegates attended workshops led by Council teens that focused on leadership skills, character education, and parliamentary procedure.  Participants also collected 485 lbs. of food for a local food bank and developed materials for MU Extension 4-H LIFE, a program which extends the 4-H experience to families that include a qualified incarcerated parent.

Missouri 4-H is open to all children ages 8-18.  For more information, visit or contact your local MUExtension Center at 660-747=3193.