|Civil Rights Pioneer and Congressman John Lewis poses with SU Ag Center 4-H Youth Ambassador Jon'Terrinee Lewis at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, GA.|
|Kevelyn Brown, standing on left, and Jon'Terrinee Lewis participate in an 'energy break' during the Walmart 4-H Youth Voice: Youth Choice Training.|
|Jon'Terrinee Lewis, standing on left, and Kevelyn Brown demonstrate exercises taught during the Move-O-Matic Training during the 4-H Youth Voice: Youth Choice Training held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.|
Baton Rouge, La - 4-H’ers Kevelyn Brown of St. Helena Parish and Jon’Terrinee Lewis of Opelousas, LA were chosen by the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center (SUAREC) as healthy living youth ambassadors. In this new role, Brown and Lewis will help to guide their peers and communities into living healthier lifestyles through nutrition, and physical fitness.
Brown and Lewis were chosen from hundreds of youth that Cooperative Extension Agents Goldie Jordan and Nicolette Gordon had previously worked with during the 2014-2015 school year. They were ultimately chosen based on their commitment and dedication to leadership, and willingness to make moderate changes to their daily eating habits.
"I liked it, I enjoyed it…it was fun,” said Lewis while speaking of her three-day Walmart 4-H Youth Voice: Youth Choice Training. The training was held at the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Maryland from August 23 – 26. Youth attended workshops on Youth Yoga, Poverty Simulations, Sustainable Gardens, and attended a talked about “Hunger Luncheons.”
In transit to the Nation’s Capital, both Brown and Lewis had the pleasure of meeting Civil Rights Pioneer and Congressman John Lewis. He encouraged them to continue to travel and make their mark in this world.
While attending the training, youth were able to tour the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Youth enjoyed commentary and history about these memorials and had 20-30 minutes to explore each site on their own.
Article written by Nicolette Gordon, Assistant Area Agent for St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes.