Friday, August 17, 2012

Champions 4-cHange Conference in Springfield Sept. 13-15

SRINGFIELD, Mo. – An exciting new University of Missouri Extension and 4-H leadership conference for youth will be held in Springfield, Sept. 13-15 at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, 2546 N Glenstone Ave, Springfield.

The three-day “Champions 4-cHange Conference,” targets 4-H members from southwest Missouri but the conference is open to any area youth between the ages of 13 and 18.

“The Champions 4-cHange Conference is a Southwest 4-H Regional leadership conference targeting youth who are currently serving or want to serve in leadership positions,” said Jeremy Elliot-Engel, a 4-H youth development specialist with MU Extension.

Conference attendees will have a chance to explore communication skills, project planning, teamwork and career opportunities.

“Youth at this conference are going to come away with a greater awareness of potential career opportunities, grow and develop skills as leaders and have an opportunity to have multi-cultural experiences,” said Velynda Cameron, a 4-H youth development specialist with MU Extension.

The Champions 4-cHange Conference is a mix of workshops, guest speakers, hands-on learning opportunities and tours of innovative businesses in Springfield like Executive Coach Builders, Springfield Underground, Red Velvet Dress Shop and the Skinny Improv.

Registration forms for the youth conference are due by Aug. 25 and can be found online at

For additional information, contact either event coordinator: Velynda Cameron, 4-H youth development specialist, Greene County Extension Center, (417) 881-8909 or; or Jeremy Elliott-Engel, Regional 4-H youth development specialist, Newton County Extension Center, (417) 455-9500 or

Missouri 4-H, University of Missouri Extension's youth development program, helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn more about 4-H -- the world’s largest youth-serving organization -- visit the nearest University of Missouri Extension Center.


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