Be The Change – Free 4-H Teen Leadership Conference Registration Opportunity
What do you get when you put a video camera and character together? “A leadership opportunity to video the change you want to see in the world,” answered Karelyn Farrand, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Character Education Field Specialist.
Participating 4-H members also earn the opportunity to win a Free Teen Leadership Conference or TLC Registration.
“No matter where you look in today’s world or even in your local community, I’m sure there are situations you would like to be different or improved,” Farrand said. “Often times for these situations, you may hear or even say yourself: I wish they would do this or they would do that to improve the situation.”
Farrand explained that each of us makes hundreds of decisions every day, from do I want breakfast today, to others that are more complex and impact our friends, families, jobs and communities. “Sometimes, one single choice will not only change our own life but will impact and change many other lives,” she said.
Each of us has two choices in life:
1. To accept situations as they exist or
2. Accept the responsibility for changing them.
Mahatma Gandhi stated it this way, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Begin Making Changes with this video contest
Be the Change, Ethical Decision Making Video, is for S.D. 4-H Members, ages 13 to 19 years old. Be the Change, winning videos will be shown during TLC in June 2016.
Four prizes will be awarded:
First Place – 1 TLC Registration 100 percent Free
Second Place -1 TLC Registration reduced 75 percent
Third Place – 1 TLC Registration reduced 50 percent
Fourth Place -1 TLC Registration reduced 25 percent
Contest details: Be the Change, Ethical Decision Making Video, participation criteria and registration form may be found at http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4002-2016.pdf.
Registrations for the contest are due April 30th.
“You might be asking yourself, how can I change world hunger or solve world peace? While solving the world’s issues would be a daunting task, resolving local issues will be less tasking,” Farrand said. “For example: Helping start a local food drive will not eliminate world hunger but it will sure help the people in your corner of the world not go to bed hungry.”
Every day you see situations you wished someone would change in the world. Farrand stated, “the change you want to see in the work begins with YOU!” She challenges 4-H members to be the change you want to see in the world by learning how to make ethical decisions.
“Then, teach and share your learnings to your friends, families and work associates with the video you create to have a better family, school, community and world,” she said.
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