4-H Youth Summit
-Learned and practiced personal leadership skills
-Learned about career pathways and college
-Built connections with 4-H members, volunteers, and staff throughout the area
Read below for a first-hand account from a participant!
Bay Coast 2020 By Odessa, Pacifica 4-H Club
I love the 4- H Bay/Coast Youth Summit because I get to get away from the city and be out in nature at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma. I also get to meet new 4-H friends from other counties and backgrounds. I really enjoyed meeting Emily, aka E and Amber because they were fun and really funny, too. My cabin was like a home away from home and I felt comfortable in who I was.
The Youth Summit is about learning youth leadership skills. I went to a few conferences and learned about the 6C’s of leadership: Confidence, Competence, Caring, Connection, Character and Contribution. I used confidence in my 4-H presentation the week after I returned when giving a 4H demonstration about how to sew pajama pants for my Clothing and Textiles Sewing Project. I also learned that it is important to understand: what you are standing up for, why it is important, and how it will affect the people and space around you.
My favorite part of the Youth Summit was taking a ton of photos on our hike, in the dining hall, in our cabin and during activities with my friends. I also liked being independent in a new place. I love my home, and I also love to explore new places. I also enjoy being with new people. I make friends really easy and really fast because I am welcoming and accepting, and I want to include everyone. I think these are great leadership skills, too!
I’d like to attend the conference again next year because I want to have the experiences of learning how to be a good leader, making new friends, and being a good leader myself in my everyday life, at school and in my club and community. I can contribute many things, such as having a helpful attitude. I can treat others the way they want to be treated. I can be friends with everyone and I can be really positive. In doing all these things, I build my character and connection to others.