The Urban League of Portland was happy to attend the Oregon 4-H State Conference ‘Experiencing Citizenship, Youth Voices in Governance’. Seven Urban League high school participants joined about 150 other students from 30 Oregon counties to brainstorm solutions for questions posed by State Departments. The four day conference was held in the beautiful Salem Grand Hotel, just blocks away from the State Capitol Building.
During the conference students participated in team building, public speaking, mock interviews, presentation/proposal workshops, work readiness workshops and many more activities. All 150 plus students walked to the State Capitol Building for a tour of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Governor’s Ceremonial Office, they also engaged in an interesting Q&A with government representatives. Byron Peterson, Urban League of Portland, Youth Program Coordinator said, “It was so empowering for our students to work in groups for 3 days to brainstorm solutions for issues that matter to them. Watching them speak to such a large audience, in such a professional way was amazing! I am really proud of all of these students for taking their Spring Break to do something that matters and having fun while doing it. I look forward to the next Oregon Leadership Institute and developing a stronger partnership with Oregon 4-H”.
The Urban League of Portland has been partnering with the Oregon 4-H Latino Extension for the last 5 years, for the International Diversity Camps.
To learn how to participate in the Urban League’s After-School Youth Leadership Program visit: http://ulpdx.org/programs/youth-program/after-school-program/, or if you would like to know more about Oregon 4-H visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h-outreach/