BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota 4-H Youth Development Program has officially rolled out the new State 4-H Ambassador Program designed to expand leadership opportunities for teens.
“For years South Dakota 4-H Youth Council provided leadership opportunities through event facilitation. This new 4-H Ambassador program includes these same opportunities, and so much more,” said Hilary Risner, SDSU Extension Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor who is also co-advisor of the State 4-H Ambassador program along with Amber Erickson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator.
South Dakota teens ages 14 to 18, who are currently enrolled in 4-H, are encouraged to apply. Applications can be accessed on iGrow.org at: http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4042-2018.pdf.
Applications are due August 10, 2018 to the following address:
SDSU Extension Rapid City Regional Center
Attn: Hilary Risner
711 N. Creek Rd.
Rapid City, SD 57703
Through the State 4-H Ambassador Program, teens will gain hands-on leadership development experiences. The program will offer more opportunities to South Dakota teens because it is designed to engage youth in leadership development through all four 4-H program priority areas, including:
3. Health & Wellness
State 4-H Ambassadors will be expected to develop a customized action plan with their ambassador advisor. This action plan will outline leadership milestones they hope to achieve and 4-H activities they will take a leadership role in.
For more specifics about the roles of a State 4-H Ambassador, visit the State 4-H Ambassador Job description on iGrow.org at: http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4043-2018.pdf.
To learn more about this opportunity, visit with your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor or contact Amber Erickson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator at Amber.Erickson@sdstate.edu or 605-688-4167, or Hilary Risner, SDSU Extension Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor at Hilary.Risner@sdstate.edu or 605-394-1722.
More about South Dakota 4-H
SDSU Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program is a partnership of federal (USDA), state (Land Grant University), and county resources through youth outreach activities of SDSU Extension. Youth learn and experience Leadership, Health and Wellness, Science and Ag-Vocacy through a network of professional staff and volunteers reaching more than 9,000 enrolled members with yearly programming efforts to an additional 35,000 youth participants.
To learn more, contact your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. A complete listing can be found at www.iGrow.org under Field Staff icon.
— SDSU Extension
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