4-H Club Visits the Big Apple!

The PHS 4-H Club recently returned from New York City and, according to the teens, the adventure was amazing and eye-opening. The PHS 4-H club is supported by the Portland Mentoring Alliance. The 4-H club conducts leadership activities, college preparation exercises and community service.  Teens take an annual trip to visit an urban college and to learn American history and civics. There were eleven juniors and seniors who went on the trip with two adult volunteers and an Extension staff member.

Highlights included a visit to NYU admissions, a touching visit to the 9/11 memorial, a visit to the Whitney Art Museum, and a tour of the United Nations. Several students want to study criminal justice and be a police officer so the students asked NYPD officers a lot of questions on the trip. The teens visited Harlem where they tried some traditional southern American cooking (to mixed results) and shopped at an African bazaar.

Nasteho and Nimo model the clothing they bought at the African Market in Harlem.
Nasteho and Nimo model the clothing they bought at the African Market in Harlem.

The teens have been planning the trip since October. The teens had to identify potential colleges and sites to visit, conduct service learning projects, and attend leadership meetings in order to go on the trip. The teens also met with mentors on a weekly basis and maintained their grades and school attendance. Many of the teens loved visiting NYC but most came to the conclusion that they would prefer a college with more green space and less traffic!  One of the best parts of being in New York City, said one teen, is that “everyone can be themselves and no one looks at you for standing out from the crowd. You can just be yourself there.”