Contact: Mark Mains, extension specialist for 4-H youth development
Throughout their 4-H careers, members have numerous opportunities to learn how to become better leaders. One of those opportunities is serving as a representative on State 4-H Teen Council.
State teen council gives young people who already possess leadership potential, the chance to refine their communication and leadership skills. Council members are chosen by their extension district and serve two-year terms. Six council members are chosen from each of the state’s seven extension districts. (STUDENT’S NAME) is a State 4-H Teen Council member from (COUNTY NAME).
While serving on the council, members serve as a sounding board for 4-H state teen programming efforts and issues.
They also assist with the planning and execution of two leadership building events, 4-H Summit and 4-H Teen Conference. During Summit, teen council members serve as mentors to middle school students. They also create and present a leadership workshop to Summit participants.
In addition, council representatives select an issue they want to address as a group. This year’s issue is agriculture awareness. Council members will create a workshop and accompanying resource packet to give people a better understanding of the origins of their food and fiber. The workshop will be taught at 4-H Summit and within their counties, the packet will also be available to anyone online. Past issues that council members have addressed include bullying, body image and safety.
By serving on state 4-H Teen council, young people also have the opportunity to give back to their county 4-H program by serving as trained leaders on the National Youth Science Day experiment each October.
For more information on criteria for joining state teen council or other 4-H leadership opportunities, contact the (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Service.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.