Currituck County 4-H

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currituck county 4-h

N.C. Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program is the largest youth development organization in the state, equipping more than 263,000 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. In fact, 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the United States and is based at land-grant universities. This is often the first experience many youth have with higher education. Currituck County youth have a variety of NC 4-H opportunities available to them. In this article we will highlight the Electric program. Come back next month to see what else we have to offer.

NC 4-H Electric Program

The 4-H Electric Program is an informal hands-on youth program conducted by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, professional 4-H agents, and adult volunteer leaders. They develop and deliver activities that provide youth with opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of electricity, renewable energy technologies, and energy conservation. Participants also develop an awareness for how energy is generated, distributed, used, and financed. A key focus of the 4-H Electric Program is the development of life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking, and teamwork.

The 4-H Electric Program is coordinated through the NC State University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and sponsored by Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, and NC Association of Electric Cooperatives.

North Carolina 4-H Electric Congress is a free two-day educational event designed to recognize excellence in the Electric Program throughout the state. Electric Congress travels from region to region within the state, allowing for a variety of programming opportunities. 4-H members participate in educational workshops, meet power company representatives, learn about careers in the energy industry, and interact with other electric winners. Special outings are planned to help youth learn more about their state. Whether in the mountains rafting on the Nantahala River, riding the waves at the beach, or somewhere in-between, the free afternoon at Electric Congress is fun for all participants.

To qualify for one of the six spots allocated to Currituck County, youth must be enrolled in NC 4-H, be 11 years of age (by Jan 1st), and submit an Electric Project Record or Portfolio at the county level or be the designated electric program recruiter.

For more information on this and other Currituck 4-H programs and activities visit go.ncsu.edu/currituckeventbrite or the Currituck County website, or contact Sherry Fischlschweiger at  252-232-2262 or email slfischl@ncsu.edu