Writer: Aspen Lyon
LAS CRUCES–Whitney Kupferer of Bernalillo County was chosen as New Mexico's state representative for the first John Deere Leaders Academy in Washington, D.C., during National 4-H Week, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
The academy, organized by the National 4-H Youth Directions Council, trains one 4-H member and one adult partner from each state to build youth and adult partnerships.
Kupferer and Craig Painter, 4-H agent in San Juan County, will learn how to encourage youth to become involved in decision making, program planning and execution, and community involvement. They will serve an 18-month term.
"My goal is to do as much as I can at the national level, see what other states do in their 4-H programs and bring ideas back to New Mexico," said Kupferer, who served as state 4-H president in 2004-2005.
Kupferer, a senior at Sandia High School in Albuquerque, also plans to market national events to 4-H members in New Mexico.
Kupferer and Painter will teach workshops at New Mexico events such as 4-H Leadership Retreat, Teen Get-Away and the 4-H Leaders Forum.
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