Bradley County 4-H is tasked with teaching life skills to youth, ages 9-19.
Projects and lessons are taught to increase awareness and hands-on skills in areas such as leadership, citizenship, and communication.
On Sept. 19, 450 4-H students from across the Southern Region of the United States — including two teens from Bradley County — arrived at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center in Crossville to participate in the Southern Region Teen Leadership Conference (SRTLC).
The conference is a 4-day conference that takes place the last week of September every year.
John Caleb (J.C.) Moore and Tim Held were the two delegates from Bradley County and were part of the Tennessee delegation at the conference. Other states that sent delegations included Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Attendees participated in educational and leadership-related workshops, contests, such as a 4K and an off-site trip to Tennessee Tech College to visit the STEM lab and School of Agriculture and Human Ecology.
Every year, a service project occurs at the conference. This year, the participants took a trip to Walmart in Cookeville to purchase school supplies, hygiene products and other necessary supplies for schools and children in Owsley County, Kentucky.
When asked to describe SRTLC, Held said, “It’s a celebration of different cultures and 4-H programs that brings together old friends, fosters new ones and helps you grow as a leader and as a person.”
Moore said, “It was hands-down the absolute most fun I have ever had at any 4-H camp. As soon as I left, I wanted to go back. I will definitely be going to this conference next year.”
Lynne Middleton, Extension Agent in 4-H for Bradley County, said, “Tim and J.C. were two 4-H members who had a great opportunity and took it. Not every 4-H member gets to attend SRTLC but these boys went, learned, made new friends and helped others who needed help.
"I can’t say enough about these youth as well as the educational programs that 4-H offers.”
For more information on the Southern Region Teen Leadership Conference or about 4-H in general, contact Lynne Middleton at the UT/TSU Extension Office at 423-728-7001 or LMiddle2@utk.edu