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Oklahoma 4-Hers have the chance to explore the world


A group of Oklahoma 4-Hers returned recently from an experience they took around the world, even though they did not need a passport. The club members took part in educational and international experiences during the 14th annual Kansas City 4-H Global Conference. The conference took place March 18 to 21 and the Oklahoma groups joined approximately 350 4-Hers from Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri in this global experience.

Kylie Stowers and Haley Armstrong of Cleveland County took part in this educational activity, along with other club members from Oklahoma. Stowers is a member of the Trailblazers 4-H Club in Norman and Armstrong is a member of the Heart 4-H Club of Moore.

This conference involved youth in solving issues central in their lives, families and communities in a global society. A combination of educational workshops and exciting tours helped participants identify emerging work-force needs and gain insight about the global and high-tech work places. The delegates had the opportunity to talk to structural engineers, people from NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency about possible careers in those fields.

In addition, delegates were able to interact with diverse ethnic groups, develop career and leadership skills for the corporate workplace and increase their confidence for functioning in a global society of political, economic, religious, cultural and ethnic diversity.

There were a number of educational workshops from which the 4-Hers were able to choose to attend. Those workshops included everything from journalism, international law, public service, hotel management and dentistry to conservation, criminal justice, fashion industry, international 4-H programs and water quality, to name a few.

Delegates were able to sample foods from around the world at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival. To enhance the cultural experience, crafts, games and entertainment gave the 4-Hers an even better understanding of the various countries represented. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as an veteran, and is an equal opportunity employer.

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