submitted by Tyler Franklin, Emerald Bellringer’s 4-H Club
Recently, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. with nine other members of Wisconsin 4-H as a delegate to the National 4-H Conference. Like many other trips to Washington, our groups did have a chance to tour the monuments, visit the Smithsonian museums, and even see the infamous Watergate Hotel.
However, there was also a consequential assignment to be completed as well. Before we traveled to the capital, we were tasked with researching a topic we would be working on when we arrived. I chose the topic for youth policy, and I met with thirteen other 4-H members to discuss key facets of a future United States Youth Policy. After constructing a proposal, we delivered our presentation to the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, I also traveled with the Wisconsin delegation to Capitol Hill, where we met with Wisconsin Senators and Representatives and their respective staffs. We advocated for agriculture and the continued federal funding of youth organizations like 4-H.
Being able to be in the capital was an inspiring experience. Being among the decision-makers of our country made me feel empowered to pursue my aspiration in politics. Even for those 4-H members who are not interested in the field of politics, being able to develop skills for group work among motivated and talented individuals will provide benefits far into the future. I appreciate the University of Wisconsin Extension and the St. Croix County Leaders Council for providing me the opportunity to attend the National 4-H Conference.