H’port’s Draper represents state at 2011 National 4-H Conference
Four outstanding, active and dedicated 4-H members were chosen to represent the entire NYS 4-H Program at this year’s National 4-H Conference held in April at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just one mile from Washington, DC. These individuals included Lindsey Draper of Steuben County. Their adult advisor; Mary Ann Scharmberg Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County 4-H Community Educator also participated in the conference.
The goal of the conference is to engage active 4-H members in roundtable discussions, briefing workshops, focus groups and presentations in order to increase the knowledge, skills and resources of young people on topics that youth face nationwide. In addition, the purpose of the conference is to go back to the home state in order to practice these new skills and apply them to 4-H experiences. Last, this event provides a premiere 4-H Citizenship experience whereby the delegates interact with their legislators on Capitol Hill and tackle national problems.
This year’s theme “Elements 4 Ur Future” reinforced the rich history of 4-H as the flagship youth development organization of USDA extending the research, education and outreach of the land-grant university system through Cornell Cooperative Extension to our youngest citizens in their communities.
Lindsey, the daughter of James and Rachael Draper of Hammondsport, is a junior at Hammondsport Central School. Lindsey is an eighth-year Steuben County 4-H member. She recounts, “I learned how to be comfortable when I am surrounded by different people. I tackled underage alcohol abuse and as a roundtable we discussed the topic and then researched ways to prevent youth alcohol abuse. After our research, we presented our results to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the staff was very receptive.”
For more information about 4-H Youth Development contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County at 607-664-2300 or visit us on the web at www.putknowledgetowork.com.