Hear Our Voice forums are Sept. 9, 16

By Haywood County Cooperative Extension | Aug 28, 2014

All youth ages 12 to 18 are invited to participate in two upcoming Hear Our Voice forums. Youth participants will have the opportunity to discover their strengths and career aptitudes, lay out a plan to prepare for their future career and identify challenges for work force development in our community.

Hear Our Voices is an organization designed to give a voice to Haywood County residents and help to address the concerns of local people. Here Our Voices is now offering an opportunity for youth to identify environmental, economic and job challenges in the community.  Once youth and 4-H’ers have identified community challenges and workable solutions, the results of the forum will be shared with local, regional and state officials to help them better understand the issues of Haywood County residents.

Hear Our Voices is supported by a Taylor Willingham Legacy Fund through the National Issues Forum Institute of the Kettering Foundation.  David McCracken and Susan Jenkins are overseeing Hear Our Voices adult and youth projects.

The first forum will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Haywood Cooperative Extension Center. It will be an interactive workshop to help youth realize their career interests, potential career outlook, ability to work in their chosen field within the region and to identify work force development challenges.

The second session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, and will end with a pizza party.  Participants will be able to create workable solutions to the problems they have addressed in the prior session. A video will be recorded of youth members presenting their challenges and workable solutions to be shared with regional leaders and candidates seeking elected office.

Call the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Office at 456-3575 to sign up.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 218,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities.  4-H is a community of young people across America who are developing leadership, citizenship, public speaking, decision-making, and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities.  Haywood County 4-H has numerous special interest programs, school enrichment programs, day camps, 4-H clubs, and opportunities for youth to learn while doing.  For more information on the 4-H program in Haywood County please contact the Extension Center at 456-3575.