4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus

— Written By Bobbie McLean
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Citizenship North Carolina Focus

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus will be held June 21-22, 2023, in Cary, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton. This is a three day conference where delegates participate in facilitated discussions and activities related to the importance of advocacy, local government, state government, and action planning. Through various conference sessions, delegates learn from leaders across the state and from other conference attendees. 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus is sponsored by NC Electric Cooperatives-Touchstone Energy.

Who can attend?

200 North Carolina 4-H’ers, ages 13 through 18 along may attend.

Conference Highlights

* Citizenship-themed workshops

* Distinguished speakers

* Visits with elected officials

* Citizenship Opportunity Fair

What does it cost?

$175.00 per youth. The actual cost per person is over $600 per person. The remaining cost is covered by donors and other funding sources.

This includes:

  • 1-night lodging
  • Wednesday lunch
  • Wednesday dinner
  • 2 Snack Breaks
  • Workshop Materials
  • Thursday breakfast
  • Thursday lunch

Transportation and Lodging

Transportation and chaperones are the responsibility of participating counties. Lodging for youth will be 3 per room (two beds and a full-size pull-out couch bed) and adults will be 2 per room. Rooming assignments are based on the responsible county and youth ages  Special rooming requests will not be accepted.

Conference Times – Please note this conference is only 1 Night 

The conference will begin with registration from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21st. We will end after lunch on Thursday, June 22nd.

How do I register? 4-HOnline April 10-May 12th

Everyone must register through 4-HOnline – youth and adults – by the May 12th deadline. 

Making Appointments with Elected Officials

Thursday, June 22nd, we will be visiting the North Carolina General Assembly. As part of this, 4-H’ers attending the conference need to make appointments to visit with their elected officials. Your 4H agent will assist you in making these appointments


Polo shirts will be ordered for all delegates. Shirts will be ordered based on the information in 4-HOnline.

The shirts will be Kelly green and delegates should plan on wearing black dress pants or a black skirt with the shirt for Legislative visits.



Each year North Carolina 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partner with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) on a multi-year initiative to increase youth involvement in county government. This initiative helps youth learn more about county government and how to become more involved in local decision-making. The event is sponsored and supported by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
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For more information contact Bobbie McLean at bobbie_mclean@ncsu.edu or 919-542-8248