Kevelyn Brown, of St. Helena Parish, and Jon’Terrinee Lewis, of Opelousas, were chosen by the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center as healthy living youth ambassadors.
As ambassadors, Brown and Lewis will help guide their peers and communities into living healthier lifestyles through nutrition and physical fitness, a news release said.
The ambassadors were chosen from hundreds of youths that Cooperative Extension Agents Goldie Jordan and Nicolette Gordon had previously worked with during the 2014-15 school year.
They were chosen based on their commitment and dedication to leadership and willingness to make moderate changes to their daily eating habits, the release said.
The new ambassadors attended a three-day Wal-Mart 4-H Youth Voice training at the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from Aug. 23-26.
The youths attended workshops on youth yoga, poverty simulations and sustainable gardens, as well as a hunger luncheon.
In transit to the nation’s capital, both Brown and Lewis met civil rights pioneer and Congressman John Lewis.
While attending the training, youths were able to tour the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.