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Motivational speaker Michael Cuestas will address 4-H members Monday, July 10, during the New Mexico State University State 4-H Conference.

State 4-H Conference at NMSU will Focus on Helping Youth Reach their Potential

With a theme of “Do More, Grow More and Be More,” the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University Monday through Thursday, July 10-13, will be a busy, exciting week for hundreds of senior 4-H members from across New Mexico.

“The theme for this year’s conference branches from the 4-H Grows national campaign established through the National 4-H Organization,” said Amy Zemler, NMSU 4-H youth activities specialist. “The state and national programs strive to give youth every opportunity through projects, contests, events and leadership roles to grow and reach goals they have set.”

A highlight of the conference will be Monday night when motivational speaker Michael Cuestas takes the stage.

Cuestas connects with teens through his personal stories, entertaining humor and a compelling message. He grew up in poverty without knowing his father and has lived in a homeless shelter, a center for victims of domestic violence and even a tent.

Undaunted, Cuestas was able to persevere through these struggles and he encourages students to be leaders and to know that they are greater than any obstacle that may come their way. Cuestas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has worked for six Fortune 500 companies.

Other highlights of the conference include contests, workshops, evening sessions, an awards ceremony and the election of new State Officers. Workshop topics will range from “Animal Science,” “Life After High School,” “Natural Science” and “Agriculture” to “Developing Your Career,” “How to Become a State 4-H Officer,” “Making Healthy Choices” and “Tips for Surviving College!”

This year the conference will have dances all three nights, with the themes of “Safari,” “Rock N’ Roll” and “Disney.”

For more information and registration details, participants can check with their local Cooperative Extension Service county office.

Author: Darrell J. Pehr – NMSU

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