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NC 4-H Congress

The N.C. State 4-H Congress is an annual educational event sponsored by the 4-H Youth Development Department at N.C. State University and planned by the State 4-H Council. This council is composed of 20 young people who serve as officers from their respective districts and 4 state officers who are elected at Congress. The Congress will be attended by approximately 600 youth ranging in age from 13 through 18 and representing every county in North Carolina.

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Citizenship NC Focus

NC 4-H’ers are in Raleigh for 3 days learning about youth voice and citizenship in action. This event is for youth ages 14-18. One of the highlights of this conference is going to the NC General Assembly to meet with their elected officials. Youth have the opportunity to learn and tell their 4-H story.

Electric Congress

North Carolina 4-H Electric Congress is an educational event designed to recognize excellence in the Electric Program throughout the state. Electric Congress travels from region to region of the state, thus allowing for a variety of programming opportunities for everyone. Four-H members participate in educational workshops, meet Power Company Representatives, learn about careers in the energy industry, and interact with other electric winners. Special outings are planned to help youth learn more about their state. Whether in the mountains rafting on the Nantahala River, riding the waves at the beach, or somewhere in-between, the free afternoon at Electric Congress is fun for all participants.

Electric Congress is held for county winning 4-H’ers who participate in the electric program. To attend, youth must be 11 years of age (by Jan.1st). Two county project winners, 2 cumulative record book participants, 1 electric program recruiter, 1 recruiter at-large (if selected), and 1 cumulative record at-large are allowed to attend congress per county. Adult volunteers, agents, and program assistants, are also encouraged to participate in North Carolina’s Electric Congress. New 4-H agents or program assistants are especially encouraged to attend, which is an excellent opportunity to experience and learn more about the program.

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 NCACC Youth Summit

YouthVoice provides county commissioners with the opportunity to connect with the next generation of leaders. The event brings together Youth Delegates from 4-H Youth Development clubs and Boys and Girls Clubs of North Carolina.

YouthVoice, which takes place on Friday and Saturday of the NCACC’s Annual Conference, offers sessions that help youth gain a better understanding of what county governments do and the role of commissioners as the governing body for counties, and provides multiple opportunities for youth and county officials to connect. Youth and county officials are formally together for Saturday morning’s breakfast and General Session, however county officials are invited to participate in other educational components of YouthVoice.

County officials will also have the opportunity to meet their county’s Youth Delegate prior to the conference. In order to qualify to attend, Youth Delegates must speak at a Board of County Commissioners meeting prior to YouthVoice and submit a photo of themselves with their Board of Commissioners.

The Association strives to bring a diverse mix of youth representatives age 14-19 from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties to YouthVoice. This is a free event for one youth in the county.

The NCACC has partnered with 4-H Youth Development, a service of N.C. Cooperative Extension, to coordinate and bring Youth Delegates to YouthVoice since its inception.

NC Healthy Living Summit

Youth in attendance will enjoy the beauty of camp life while engaging in a weekend full of fun activities and healthy-living centered workshops intended to help the youth gain information and increase knowledge of healthy living topics. Youth will also work together to create county action plans and be challenged to return to their counties to make an impact in their communities. It will be an experience that teens with a passion for Healthy Living won’t want to miss!