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4-H Youth Attends NC Association of County Commissioners Meeting

Posted on 8/27/2014 by April Bowman

4-H Youth Attends NC Association of County Commissioners Meeting

Youth enrolled in 4-H met in Asheville August 15-16 to learn more about county government, participate in budget simulations and tour the Buncombe County jail.

A 4-H’er from Forsyth County attended the fifth annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Youth Summit. North Carolina 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partnered for the fifth year with the NCACC on a multi-year initiative to increase youth involvement in county government. This initiative aims to overcome the mindset that many youth are disengaged and lack trust in government.

The 4-H’er who attended from Forsyth County was Blaise Gourley, Forsyth County 4-H Council President for 2014. Over 100 youth and adults from 85 counties in North Carolina attended this event. The event is sponsored and supported by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 227,780 young people ages 5 through 18 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of more than 20,330 adult and youth volunteers.