Nov 23, 2022

Free teen leadership event in Hays Dec. 4 to feature Peterson Farm Brothers

Posted Nov 23, 2022 12:45 PM

Ellis County 4-H Council

Ellis County 4-H Council invites Kansas teens to participate in its upcoming “Chat, Don’t Snap” workshop on Dec. 4 from 1-5 p.m. at the FHSU Memorial Union. The event will give teens the opportunity to grow their leadership and communication skills through civil discourse.

Lori Kniffin, Fort Hays State University assistant professor of leadership studies and expert in civic leadership and dialogue, will introduce the importance of civil discourse through a keynote address. Breakout sessions for both parents and their teens will allow each group to practice these vital communication skills.

The event will conclude with a free concert for all in attendance by the Peterson Farm Brothers.

Free commemorative t-shirts will be given to the first 100 teens who register, and refreshments will be served.

The event will be hosted by Ellis County 4-H Council and spearheaded by Hays High sophomores Elizabeth Noble, Marisa Wasinger, and John Weisenborn. Attendees will choose to attend sessions with discussions on The Future of Our Environment, Pros and Cons of Social Media, and Guns in America. This event is open to all teens. You don’t have to be a 4-Her to attend!

Sponsors for the event include Dane G Hansen Foundation, Midwest Energy Community Fund, Lang Diesel, eyeSMILE Vision & Dental, Hays Optimist Club, Redeem Designs, Hays Kiwanis Club, Ellis County 4-H Council, FHSU Department of Leadership Studies, and private donors.

To learn more or to register, visit or contact the Cottonwood District Extension office at 785-628-9430. The registration deadline is Monday.