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mc 4h hannah dresherPHOTO:  Hannah Dresher attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia

FREEHOLD, NJ – Hannah Dresher of Freehold, a Monmouth County 4-H member, recently attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. Hannah served as the Monmouth County teen representative as part of New Jersey’s delegation, which consisted of 16 teen 4-H members who represent nine counties in the State, including Monmouth County.

“Hannah has accomplished exceptional achievements throughout her 4-H career and was the perfectly natural fit to be the Monmouth County 4-H representative at the annual 4-H Congress,” said Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County 4-H. “Not only did Hannah get to represent the Monmouth County 4-H, she also had the opportunity to partake in a once in a life time experience while networking with peers from around the country.” 

For nearly 100 years, the National 4-H Congress is the premier, nation-wide opportunity for 4-H members who are in high school. During the five day event, the teen 4-H members engage in leadership, citizenship, global awareness and inclusion activities. The National 4-H Congress gives these teens the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art educational workshops and to network with other 4-H members from across the U.S.

The conference focused on the Cooperative Extension System’s belief that young people can be significant partners in addressing the issues that face our nation, especially those affecting youth. The educational programs were developed for National Congress by a design team of youth and adults from around the country. Exciting recreational and networking opportunities for the teens included a cultural evening where they engage in a variety of forms of the arts at the Atlanta History Center.

Hannah is a member of Monmouth County’s 4-H Teen Council. The club is open to teens in grades 8-13 (first year out of High School) and meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Agricultural Building on Kozloski Road in Freehold. The focus of the club is leadership and community service along with making friends and having fun. There is no fee to join and membership is open to county residents

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the Monmouth County 4-H Program call the 4-H office at 732-431-7260 extension 7264 or visit the 4-H website at https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/.

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