Southwest Texas Junior College will host the District 12 4-H Leadership Camp and Election Convention on the Uvalde campus beginning June 24-27.
Over 130 4-H youth, county extension agents, parents and volunteers are expected to attend this event representing 21 South Texas Counties. The District 12 4-H Leadership Lab is an overnight camping experience for youth ages 12-19 and the focus of the event is to provide 4-H members the opportunity to learn valuable leadership and life skills by participating in a variety of educational activities, team-building exercises, and learning sessions.
The annual event is rotated to a variety of locations around South Texas with most occurring on university campuses. Earlier this year the planning committee met with SWTJC representatives and selected SWTJC to host the event.
This year's lab will feature breakout sessions, which include bee keeping, dangers of texting and driving, real world financial education, know your insects and others. This event will also provide participants the opportunity to experience college life by staying in the SWTJC dormitories and having meals on campus.
The week-long event will culminate with the District 12 4-H election convention, which is held every summer immediately following the leadership lab to elect the District 12 4-H Council's executive committee. The event is designed much like a public election, including filing, campaigning, public presentations, and other important features to help 4-H members learn how public officials are elected.
Elected officials including Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell, State Representative Poncho Nevarez and SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales will address the 4-H members attending the convention.
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