Local 4-H’er Representing Cherokee County at YouthVoice

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The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) and its partners, 4-H Youth Development and Boys & Girls Clubs of North Carolina are proud to sponsor YouthVoice for the eighth consecutive year, Aug. 24-25, 2018, in Catawba County.

YouthVoice provides county commissioners with the opportunity to connect with the next generation of leaders. The event brings together Youth Delegates from 4-H Youth Development clubs and Boys and Girls Clubs of North Carolina.

YouthVoice, which takes place on Friday and Saturday of the NCACC’s (North Carolina Association of County Commissioners) Annual Conference, offers sessions that help youth gain a better understanding of what county governments do and the role of commissioners as the governing body for counties, and provides multiple opportunities for youth and county officials to connect. Youth and county officials are formally together for Saturday morning’s breakfast and General Session, however county officials are invited to participate in other educational components of YouthVoice.

County officials will also have the opportunity to meet their county’s Youth Delegate prior to the conference. In order to qualify to attend, Youth Delegates must speak at a Board of County Commissioners meeting prior to YouthVoice and submit a photo of themselves with their Board of Commissioners.

The Association strives to bring a diverse mix of youth representatives age 14-19 from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties to YouthVoice. Cherokee County’s youth delegate for 2018 is Hannah Smith. Hannah is a member of the Cherokee Rider’s 4-H Club, 4-H Teen Leadership Club of Cherokee County, and has participated in many state level 4-H event such as 4-H Electric Congress and 4-H Congress.

County Commissioners and Hannah Smith

L to R: Commissioner Roy Dickey; Commissioner Gary Westmoreland; Youth Voice Representative Cherokee County Hannah Smith; Commissioner Dr. Dan Eichenbaum; Commissioner CB McKimmon; & Commissioner Cal Stiles

The NCACC has partnered with 4-H Youth Development, a service of N.C. Cooperative Extension, to coordinate and bring Youth Delegates to YouthVoice since its inception. The Association welcomed Boys and Girls Clubs of North Carolina as a partner organization in 2012 to bring additional representatives to YouthVoice.