4-H members learn lessons in expression

12 youths attend retreat with storytellers, workshops

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“Color Your Story” was the theme for the weekend when Elbert County 4-H sent 12 of its members to attend the South Central District Retreat March 17-19 in Divide.

“We are so proud of our Elbert County youth getting involved at the district, regional and state levels. It broadens their leadership skills and networking abilities,” said Sheila Kelley, Elbert County Extension director.

Two professional storytellers entertained the group on the night of March 17 and then ran workshops the next day to help the campers understand the importance of honing their public speaking skills.

The “Color Your Story” theme guided the youth into expressing themselves and telling their personal stories.

True Colors workshops are based on a personality index that sorts individuals into one of four colors: red, blue, gold, or green. Its objective is to guide individuals into a deeper understanding about various personality traits and provide insight into their leadership styles. By participating the program, the youth learned how to engage in more successful interaction.

“The True Colors workshop was one of my favorite parts of the camp,” said Youth Council President Abby Rollyson. “I felt like it gave us a way to see ourselves — both our strengths and weaknesses — and to see others as well,” she said. “It aided in communication and understanding, and it emphasized that no color was better than another. All just have different gifts and struggles.”

A key part of the retreat included the election of new district and regional officers. Three Elbert County youths were chosen by their peers to serve in 4-H district and regional offices for the coming year.

Sophomore Kaden Henderson was elected as president of the South Central District, which includes 24 counties. Henderson lives in Elbert and attends the Creekside 4-H club.

Casey Cornelius, who is also a member of Elbert’s Creekside club, was elected as secretary to the South Central District.

District 4, which includes Elbert, Lincoln and El Paso counties, will be served by Evan Turner. Turner, a freshman with the Creekside 4-H Club of Colorado Springs, was selected as the vice-president/treasurer.

In addition to the True Colors workshop and voting in new officers, members also made personalized tie-dye shirts and played a photo scavenger hunt in teams during the weekend.

If you would like further information on the 4-H program, please contact the Elbert County Extension office at 303-621-3162. The local 4-H program is a cooperative effort between CSU Extension and Elbert County government.

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