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College 4-H’ers from around U.S. in Reno for conference

Posted 4/12/2012

More than 50 collegiate 4-H’ers from around the United States will be at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno this week for an annual conference to share ideas about bringing service and leadership to their communities.

The conference April 12-15 is sponsored the University of Nevada Reno Collegiate 4-H club and is bringing college students from as far away as Florida, Georgia and New Jersey for four days of workshops, volunteering, tours and collaborative meetings. This marks the first time the event has been held in Reno.

According to Nevada State 4-H Activities Coordinator Jessica Poole, the event goes a long way toward helping communities better understand the role college-age 4-H’ers can play in terms of leadership and volunteer efforts.

“People associate 4-H with raising animals and clubs,” said Poole, who graduated from UNR with honors with a degree in animal science. “But at the college level, our clubs are more involved in providing leadership and service work in their respective communities.”

A good example is the work conference attendees will perform during their stay in Reno. On April 14, they will fan out through the region to work at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Animal Ark, Habitat for Humanity, Sierra Safari and the National Wild Horse and Burro Center in Palomino Valley.

The conference will also allow the visiting 4-H’ers a chance to visit some area attractions. Tours on Friday will include visits to Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, Carson City and Diamond Peak ski resort for skiing and snowboarding.

The rest of the time, the 4-H’ers will be attending workshops and other meetings based on the theme of “Play Your Cards Right” — which Poole said will be focused on “making good life decisions.” Presentations will address personal growth and developing the skills needed to become a strong leader and teacher.

For more information about the conference, contact Poole at 775-874-4378 or poolej@unce.unr.edu.

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