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Johnston County 4-H Member Attends 2015 Citizenship North Carolina Focus

Johnston County 4-H’er, Nicole Worth of Selma attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina June 15-17. The delegate returned home from three days in which more than 125 youth and adults representing over 60 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen.

Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates learned and shared information related to local, state and national government as well as learned how they could make an impact in the area of citizenship. Delegates were fortunate enough to hear from speakers such as Dr. Peter Stein, a holocaust survivor about how to Stand Up, Speak Out and Do Something which was the theme of the conference. He among others inspired the delegates to be an influence in their communities in whatever positive way they could.

Other speakers included 23 year old business entrepreneur Jessica Eckstrom who started Headbands for Hope which donates headbands to girls who have lost their hair from chemotherapy and also sells them to customers. One dollar from every purchase is donated to cancer research. The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium led workshops for the delegates in leadership and citizenship during the two and a half days.

The highlight of the conference was the Legislative Breakfast where delegates had a chance to meet and have photos taken with their elected officials. Following the breakfast, delegates traveled to the Legislative Building in Raleigh to meet with their elected officials and their staff. Pictured below are the legislators Nicole was able to meet with personally.

A book, stuffed animal and blanket drive was held to support homeless youth across North Carolina. Over 5000 items were collected from 4-H’ers in attendance.

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus is sponsored by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives – Touchstone Energy. North Carolina 4-H is Cooperative Extension’s youth development program.

For more information on this event or other 4-H programs, please contact Lori McBryde, 4-H Agent in Johnston County at 919-989-5380 or

photo of 4-H'er, Senator Ronald Rabin and 4-H Agent Lori McBryde

Pictured L to R are delegate Nicole Worth, Senator Ronald Rabin and Lori McBryde, Johnston County 4-H Agent

photo of 4-H'er, representative and 4-H agent

Pictured L to R are delegate Nicole Worth, Representative J. H. Langdon and Lori McBryde, Johnston County 4-H Agent