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4-H focuses on leadership; new promotion with local businesses

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This year the focus of the 4-H program has been leadership. We now have an active 4-H Teen Council that has attended and will continue to attend leadership workshops and come back to our county and implement new programs.

In November, our four teen council officers (Kinley Huesman, Andrea Searcy, Clara Tuttle and Madeline Watts) and myself attended a forum called Issues Conference. At this conference they discussed issues that face our teens today, brainstormed and researched ideas so teens could make better decisions.

After the conferences, the teens were given the opportunity to write a grant to fund an idea for their community. Andrea Searcy, president of teen council, wrote a grant called Clover Quest and received the grant. What a great learning experience to write a grant and include goals and budget in the application. This grant is designed to market Carroll County businesses as well as to market 4-H.

Three 4-H clovers will be placed in a local business. Hints of where the clovers will be hidden will then be sent home with students and put in The News-Democrat. The customer who finds the first clover will receive a gift certificate to that business. The second clover found will get a coupon/gift certificate to attend a 4-H project class, pay for 4-H camp, pay 4-H shooting sports fee or something to do with 4-H. There will also be a third place winner that could win a gift certificate, passes to the county fair, etc. Prizes are funded by the grant.

If you are a business and would like to be a part of clover quest, please call the Extension Office at (502) 732-7030 and put your name on the list. Watch The News-Democrat and read the school’s newsletter for the clue of the week.

Joyce Doyle is the Carroll County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to JWDoyl2@email.uky.edu.