I am bursting with energy as our 2023 National 4-H Conference delegation has returned to NYS. I am so proud of our chaperones who provided leadership including Linda Brosch, CCE-Oswego, Carrie Busekist, CCE-Cattaraugus, Andy Turner, NYS 4-H, Joy Westercamp, Cornell University and 2023 National 4-H Collegiate Facilitator and I.
We had 8 delegates that represent Broome, Orange, Oswego, Rensselaer, Seneca, and Tioga counties that nailed their wicked problems identified by federal agency partners. Their presentations were stellar where they researched and added a youth perspective for the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Education, etc. Our NYS delegates completed their community service at the U. S. National Arboretum and made their rounds on Capitol Hill talking about the Farm Bill and the deep importance of 4-H. Each of our delegates also made new life-giving friendships!
A special thanks to Anna Hertlein and Dianne Miller for ensuring our delegation had a fantastic time on Capitol Hill and for the delicious lunch!
Extended thanks to Carrie Busekist who was a chaperone, allergy specialist, scheduler, photographer, dancer, wrangler, and the best co-chaperone! Jamila Walida Simon PhD Candidate, Global Development Associate Director of Innovation in Youth Programming Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research NYS 4-H Civic Engagement Specialist