Terril D. Faul, Chaney, John A., Fox, Janet E. | 5/30/2006 10:49:23 PM
POLLOCK – State 4-H officers and leaders helped teach leadership skills to their peers during the Annual Leadership Conference at the Grant Walker 4-H Education Center, March 24-26.
"The statewide 4-H club Leadership Conference is planned and carried out by youth as an avenue to give youth an opportunity to develop their skills ," said LSU AgCenter 4-H club specialist and associate professor Dr. Janet Fox.
More than 150 members participated in the conference to develop their leadership skills and enhance their abilities to teach others in their communities about leading and service learning projects.
"It is important for youth to build their life skills in leadership, so they can return to their communities and use their new skills to help other groups," said LSU AgCenter 4-H department head Terril Faul.
The program was planned by leaders from the other statewide 4-H club organizations under the guidance of the state 4-H club specialists and agents.
"Our goal is to provide an opportunity for young people to develop their leadership potential and have fun doing it," said Faul.
To further develop the leadership skills, participants divided into small groups to participate in educational sessions on building youth and adult partnerships, developing leadership skills, serving the community through service-learning, building stronger camp leadership and using advanced technology to enhance teamwork.
"It’s truly amazing to see these young leaders work together to develop their leadership skills and discover the variety of opportunities offered by 4-H," said Fox.
The youth volunteered to develop programs and help adults instruct leadership educational classes during the conference.
"Leadership conference gives me a chance to meet people and gather ideas to share with groups at home," said Dawn Jason, 17, a 4-H Club member from West Baton Rouge Parish, adding, "and this experience will help me to give back to my community."
The conference included a combination of large group meetings and smaller concurrent sessions and workshops. Experts say the smaller group sessions encourage everyone to share ideas and get involved in developing their leadership skills.
The weekend conference was sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana 4-H Foundation and the Louisiana Bankers Association.