Teens Write Letters to Military Youth

The newly formed Pender County 4-H Teen Leadership Council had their third meeting on November 14, 2012.  There were nine members present at the meeting.  After the introductions and pledges were said, members were engaged in a fun activity where they matched leadership roles to the descriptions around the room and then told everyone what their role was.  Members were then shown a presentation about all the different 4-H teen events that occur in the Southeast District as well as the state level throughout the year.  This gives them an idea of how they can expand their 4-H experience while learning leadership and citizenship skills.

After the educational program, members were engaged in an OMK community service project.  OMK stands for Operation: Military Kids and is the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether Families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.

The community service project was to write a letter to military youth and assemble a pocket patriot with a personalized message inside.  The letters and pocket patriots are part of the hero packs that go to military youth.  Hero Packs serve as a tangible expression of support for Military Families from their communities and OMK Partners. Hero Packs are filled by non-military youth and community organizations with mementos and items designed to help keep military kids connected with their deployed parent.



After the teens finished their community service project, they participated in a fun team-building activity.  Members were split into two teams of four and were given toilet paper/paper towel tubes and a marble.  The object of the activity was to get the marble from one side of the room to the other without it hitting the floor and with all members being involved and using their tubes given to them.  First team to get to the other side wins!


The next teen leadership council meeting will be on January 15, 2013!  Below is the new flyer with the dates on it through May 2013.  More dates will be added for the rest of 2013 later on.

Teen Leadership Council Flyer_2013


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