Four Maine 4-H youth ambassadors attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 26-30, a conference designed to increase knowledge about agricultural issues and build leadership skills.
They were Ashlie Hardy of Farmington in Franklin County, Cody Coutts of Chelsea in Kennebec County and Jessyca Rankin of Cornish and Aryn Martin of Gorham in Cumberland County.
They were selected by a panel of 4-H educators, volunteers or youth who have been on the trip in the past to represent Maine 4-H at the annual conference learned about challenges and trends in agriculture, cultural diversity, group dynamics and community service. The conference is intended to address the needs and issues of young people while helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens with the knowledge and leadership skills to positively effect change in the world through hands-on and community-based experiences.
Maine 4-H youth are supported by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Pine Tree State 4-H Foundation and local county programs. 4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.