IMPERIAL COUNTY – Three Imperial County 4-H members headed to Sacramento this past week for the California Focus Conference.
During this jam-packed five day event, 4-H delegates participated in political campaigns, elected constitutional officers, created legislation, and toured the State Capitol, Old Sacramento underground, and had dinner on the Delta King.
The 4-H officers were sworn in to office at the California Court of Appeals, in which 4-H is the only youth program allowed to tour appellate court.
Delegates observed the Assembly and Senate floors in action, as well as met with Senator Ben Hueso, who discussed the Salton Sea, the importance of taking an active role in your community, and how strong an impact 4-H makes in developing life skills such as leadership, citizenship, and responsibility.
California Focus is a unique citizenship educational experience that combines hands-on participation workshops, debates, and simulations with outstanding speakers and historical, cultural, and government sites.
California’s capital city, Sacramento, becomes a “living classroom” for this five day adventure. Delegates participated in activities designed to encourage them to become active in current issues and affairs.
California Focus was the beginning of a life of public participation that left these students with a strong determination to become involved in their community.
They are now creating a service Plan of Action for the Imperial County organizing an educational program emphasizing on literacy. They will be educating parents on the importance in reading books to their children at a young age by holding a reading workshop with a holiday theme. They hope to gain community support in delivering there Plan of Action.