4-H grows future leaders. From teaching younger 4-H members to participating in regional, state, and national events, 4-H provides opportunities for young people to build life-long leadership skills.
Junior Leaders are those youth that help lead their 4-H club by organizing community service opportunities and completing projects with their adult 4-H leader. 4-H youth who want to develop their leadership skills can attend a Junior Leadership Training, which is usually held in February. 2021 Training
Teen Leaders lead their 4-H club alongside an adult 4-H leader. Youth who are in 10th-12th grade are welcome to attend one of the New Leader Trainings, which are offered throughout the year. Next opportunity Fall 2021.
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.
Benton County Fair Board 4-H Liaison
The 4-H member in this position would represent the Benton County 4-H program to the Benton County Fair Board. Members would connect with 4-H faculty prior to meetings to gather insight and information to share with the Fair Board. This position would require the member to attend all Fair Board meetings and report to county 4-H faculty. This is a one year position and open to any enrolled 10th-12th grader. Applications accepted every October.
The State 4-H State Ambassador team is a group of 10-20 outstanding Oregon 4-H youth. 4-H youth in the 9th-12th grades who are interested in rewarding experiences and opportunities to develop their leadership skills can apply. Ambassador applications are due in the Oregon State 4-H office by March 1. Applicants are interviewed at 4-H Summer Conference in June and the selection is announced. For more information on the State Ambassador program, please review these resources and contact Roberta Lundeberg.
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 while developing their confidence working as a team. Teen Teacher applications will be available in the Fall of 2021. (not currently offered)
4-H Camp Counselor
9th-12th grade youth can apply annually to be a Camp Counselor at the "Four Rivers 4-H Camp". Counselors gain invaluable job experience, learn about leadership and responsibility. 4-H Camp is held in late June/early July. Applications are due in February and 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).
National 4-H Conference
National 4-H Conference is an annual event held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Conference events take place in the greater Washington D.C. area where delegates visit the Capitol Mall, Smithsonian Institute museums, legislative office buildings, and federal agencies. 4-H members will learn about civic engagement, practice leadership skills, experience teamwork, and learn more about US history and government processes. Teen delegates will share their perspectives, creative thinking, and “voices” during presentations to federal agencies.This is a state sponsored award trip. Oregon selects two to six delegates, depending on scholarship funds available. Oregon delegates will be selected for (a) their interest in civic engagement and citizenship, (b) their ability to represent Oregon 4-H effectively as public speakers and leaders, and (c) representing the broad perspective of Oregon’s counties and 4-H programs. Most of the costs (registration, travel, lodging & meals) are sponsored by the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program.
National 4-H Congress
Every Thanksgiving weekend, 4-H members from all around the country attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. Delegates hear inspirational speakers, participate in workshops, engage in large-scale community service projects, and enjoy many other fun activities. The Oregon 4-H program views National 4-H Congress as an important opportunity for 4-H members and is committed to providing this experience to as many 4-H members as possible. Because trips to Congress are dependent on donations, a selection process is held each year. Oregon trip winners typically demonstrate a considerable breadth and depth of 4-H experience. State Website
Outreach Leadership Institute
4-H OLI is a program that provides students an opportunity to acquire knowledge about the postsecondary educational system; develop the skills, confidence, and courage needed to get good grades and finish high school; acquire knowledge and skills to apply for postsecondary education and scholarships; and realize the possibility to become a professional and contributing member of society. State Website
4-H High Desert Leadership Retreat
High Desert Leadership Retreat (HDLR) is a great opportunity for youth in 7th-12th grade to spend the weekend learning new skills, building independence and networking with other teens from all over Oregon. Held over MLK weekend in January, HDLR gives youth a taste of independence as they grocery shop and cook for themselves and their condo-mates throughout the weekend. During the day, youth will participate in a series of self-selected leadership classes and in the evening there is plenty of time for fun at the rec center and other events!