Leadership for Older Youth

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Leadership Opportunities

Youth grades 7th-12th have numerous opportunities to sharpen their skills in leadership, communication and more! Review each of the opportunities for eligibiliy. Contact the OSU Extension office for more information.

Junior Leader

Junior Leaders are those youth that take on a portion of the club leadership. These youth organize and complete projects, community service opportunities and more for their club and the county 4-H program. Junior Leader Training is held in January/February. This is for all new and/or any interested “veteran” Junior Leaders (grades 7th-12th). NEW Junior Leaders are required to attend with one of their adult leaders. 

Teen Leader

Teen Leaders co-lead their 4-H club with an adult leader. Teen Leaders (10th-12th grade) need to attend one of the New Leader trainings with one of their 4-H Adult leaders. Trainings happen 2-3 times a year starting in the fall.

County Ambassador

County Ambassadors are youth in grades 9th-12th. The role of a County Ambassador is to represent the Benton County 4-H program throughout the county. Duties will include working with a team to plan, coordinate and implement regular 4-H county events such as Information Night, Awards Banquet and Fair. Ambassadors may also be involved in activities such as: Know Your County Government, Farmers Markets and more! Applications are available in May. 

State Ambassador

The State Ambassador team is made up of a select group of outstanding 10th-12th grade 4-H members. Ambassador team members are selected at Summer Conference and can be reappointed each year until they graduate. It is an honor to be selected to this working position. State Ambassadors represent 4-H at the State level at functions like Summer Conference and State Fair. Ambassadors are expected to attend and actively participate yearly activities. 9th–11th grades can apply to become a State Ambassador.

State 4-H Opportunities

Visit the State 4-H website for other opportunities, such as: National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference, Youth Voices in Action:Experiencing Citizenship, Summer Conference and more.

Teens as Teachers

This program is for 9th-11th graders who are interested in receiving training to teach elementary aged youth about nutrition, exercise and environmental health related topics! Teens will learn how to create and teach lesson plans while gaining leadership, public speaking, and facilitation skills. They will also develop their confidence and learn about teamwork! Applications are available in the fall.

4-H Camp Counselor

Camp Counselors are 9th-12th graders. Counselors gain valuable job experience, learn about leadership and responsibility, and are role models to younger youth. 4-H Camp is held in late June/early July. Applications are due in February. Counselor Selection Day will be held in March. Selected counselors and alternates must also attend counselor training weekend in April at the Oregon 4-H Center. This opportunity is open to all youth regardless of their affiliation with 4-H. There are also positions for Junior Staff (college age students or older who work at camp and support counselors).

Global Citizenship & International Exchange

The Oregon 4-H Program provides opportunities for teens and young adults to travel to other countries as participants in host-family based exchange programs. This program allows youth to explore another country and culture and experience how families in other countries live during four to eight week summer exchange programs. Countries currently involved include:Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Norway, and South Korea.

In addition, Oregon hosts young people from other countries for stays ranging from two weeks to ten months. These programs enable young people from around the US to increase their global understanding and to improve their leadership and communication skills. For all the details visit the Citizenship webpage.

County 4-H Scholarships

There are several Benton County 4-H scholarships available to current 12th grade 4-H members. To apply you must turn in your 4-H records and grade transcript along with application and recommendations. Some scholarships require that youth must have received a County Medal in order to apply. All applications will be available in December and are due in January, (except the Horse Leaders Scholarship, which is due in April). Scholarship information will be updated annually.

  • The Steve Moos Scholarship - $4,000 total per scholarship ($1,000 every year up to 4 years), for youth in Beef, Sheep, Swine and/or Dairy Cattle projects.
  • The Decker Scholarship - $1,000 per scholarship - For youth in all project areas 
  • The Hitchcock Scholarship -  $1,000 per scholarship - For youth in all project areas
  • The Bateman Scholarship -  $500 per scholarship - For youth in all project areas
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