Kentucky 4-H offers programs to help young people develop skills as they grow older so that they can ultimately become successful adults. As young people progress into middle and high school, 4-H continues to open doors through various leadership opportunities.
Teens have the chance to complete projects and learn new skills at a higher level as a higher level 4-H, and they also have several leadership opportunities. While leadership training begins as soon as someone enrolls in 4-H, as many young people become leaders of local clubs early on, many leadership roles statewide do not exist. available only for teenagers.
4-H teens also have the option of attending statewide conferences. These conferences benefit teens by allowing them to interact with their peers, learn constructive ways to give back to their community, and develop skills so they can mentor others. Teens can also find their voice and passion, as lectures provide members with a springboard to discuss issues that matter to them.
Teens also have the option of applying to be a member of a statewide 4-H board of directors related to a specific interest or to join the 4-H State Adolescent Council. , which provides information and tips for Kentucky 4-H programming. Senior 4-Hs can run for a state 4-H officer position, which, if selected, allows them to travel to the state as the organization’s ambassador.
In Madison County, there is a 4-H club specifically for high school students called 4-H Teen Council. This group of teens meets monthly to plan and carry out civic engagement projects while getting to know other teens across the county.
For more information on 4-H opportunities for teens, contact the Madison County Co-operative Extension Service.
Source: Rachel Noble, 4-H Youth Development Specialist
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