EBCI Youth Attends 4-H YouthVoice

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Understanding how decisions are made in local government is an essential experience youth need to become citizen leaders as adults. How are budgets made? How do different leadership styles work together on a team? These are questions that 77 4-H youth and adult chaperones from 66 different counties and the Qualla Boundary answered during the 10th annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) YouthVoice Summit in Greensboro from August 23-24, 2019.

Lucian Davis, a 10th-grade student at Cherokee High School, and an active member of our 4-H Cultural Presentation Team, represented the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians at this year’s YouthVoice Summit.

‘4-H is all about experiential learning. The best way for our youth to learn about local government is to get to experience it. Having the opportunity for youth attend this conference alongside their local county commissioners is something we are very thankful about.’ said Sally Dixon, EBCI 4-H Agent.

Youth learned about their Real Colors, an inventory that utilizes four different colors to explain different personalities when working together on a team. They were able to listen to and meet Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Youth also met their local county commissioners and participated in a budget simulation board game facilitated by the UNC School of Government.

EBCI 4-H is a youth development program provided by N.C. Cooperative Extension. There are over 6 million youth in the United States involved with 4-H to learn citizenship, leadership, and life skills. Youth aged 5-18 are eligible to join the EBCI 4-H program to learn about healthy living, STEM, civic responsibility, and career development.