4-H brings leadership skills to SC youth through Pinckney program

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Round-up coming to Midlands, PeeDee, Lowcountry in 2024

Leadership training is more accessible than ever to young people in South Carolina thanks to a Clemson University Cooperative Extension program named in honor of one of the state’s most esteemed modern leaders.

Growing to three locations for the first time in 2024, the South Carolina 4-H Pinckney Leadership Round-up brings middle- and high-school students from diverse backgrounds together for hands-on skill sessions and critical dialogue with like-minded student leaders and higher-education professionals.

“South Carolina 4-H is always looking to fulfill Clemson’s land-grant mission of providing education, research and outreach in youth development,” 4-H Pinckney Leadership Program Director Rushawnda Olden said. “That was where the Leadership Round-up events originated: We asked, ‘How can we engage more youth to show up authentically for themselves, as well as for their communities, so that after leaving our event they continue to make impact in their local communities?’”

The first Pinckney Leadership Round-up was held in 2020 in Columbia, where it will return this year on Saturday, Jan. 20 for the first event of 2024 at the Brookland Banquet & Conference, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia.

The Pinckney Leadership Round-up then continues with two more events:

Tickets for each event are $20 apiece, and special workshops for parents and other responsible adults are also held during the events. 

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