Clay County 4H YLCT Accepts Donation

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Those on hand for the check presentation by Piggott Community Sharing Hearts, Inc., to the local 4H Youth Leadership Citizenship Team were, from left: Faith Conley, Mona Scott, Mayor Jim Poole, Billie Plunk, Debbie Baker, Barbara Batey and Judge Mike Patterson.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Recently, Piggott Community Sharing Hearts, Inc., made a donation to the Clay County 4-H Youth Leadership Citizenship Team (YLCT). A part of the Clay County Youth Leadership Program, it is an official program of the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Clay County 4H.

The presentation was made by Piggott Community Sharing Hearts, Inc. board members Barbara Batey, Faith Conley, Mona Scott, Mayor Jim Poole and Judge Mike Patterson. Accepting on behalf of the YLCT were Debbie Baker and Billie Plunk, who also serves on the PCSH board of directors. Baker noted Plunk was instrumental in securing the funds.

YLCT is governed by an advisory committee consisting of community leaders, business people and others who have a vision for growing the community’s future leaders. The program is open to all high school juniors in the Piggott, Rector and Corning high schools and homeschooled students from across Clay County. To be considered, applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA, be a junior during the program year and be committed to completing the program and all requirements.

“A maximum of seven students will be chosen from each school district, although exceptions could apply,” noted Debbie Baker, Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. “Applications are delivered to schools in April of the preceding school year and counselors and principals often encourage candidates to apply.”

After the application packets are completed, the students submit an essay and $20 fee to be considered. Those chosen are notified by letter no more than two weeks after the advisory committee makes their final selections.

“The YLCT program will be carried out in the fall semester of the current school year. The program consists of seven workshops and an overnight trip to Little Rock to tour the Capitol and meet with state government officials and the Arkansas 4H Center in Ferndale,” Baker added. “Workshops will rotate locations between the three schools. And each school will designate a liaison to advise and assist students with their service learning project and to accompany students to the overnight trip.”

Under the program, three scholarships of $1,000 each will be given to one outstanding youth leader from each high school. To be eligible youth must have only one pre-approved excused workshop absence, attend the Little Rock overnight trip, participate in the planning and carrying out of the service learning projects, and complete any other assignments as given. Arriving late, leaving early or coming and going will be considered an absence. Announcement of the scholarship winner will be made at the winning student’s school during the regular end of year awards ceremony. Awarding of the scholarship will be done at the time the student presents proof of enrollment in an Arkansas college, university or vocational/trade school.

As a portion of their participation, students will be expected to serve as hosts when the program meets at their school. They will greet guests, show them to the meeting room and provide snacks and drinks. Sponsored lunches will be provided by the YLCT program. In turn, participants will write thank you notes to speakers, school administrators and lunch sponsors at the end of each workshop.

The YLCT participants will also plan and carry out a service learning project. And, the service learning project for the current program year will be approved or designated by the program coordinator, County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Those wanting additional information on the Clay County YLCT may contact Baker at the extension office in Piggott at 870 598-2246 or by email at djbaker@uaex.edu

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