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Ambassador programs

Ambassador programs exist throughout Minnesota to engage select 4-H youth in leadership and citizenship activities, and positive promotion of Minnesota 4-H.

4-H Ambassadors pose for a group photo in a woods.

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The majority of Minnesota counties have a 4-H County Ambassador program. Please contact your local 4-H program for information about opportunities in your area.

Minnesota 4-H Ambassador programs engage youth to represent 4-H. Through citizenship education and leadership activities, the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors contribute meaningfully to 4-H and to their communities.

2014-15 Minnesota State Ambassadors

2013-14 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors

See more photos of this year's ambassadors

Any youth currently involved in Minnesota 4-H and its programs who has completed at least the tenth grade and is eligible for 4-H through the duration of the term ending in June 2016, is able to apply. Previous participation in activities conducted by State Ambassadors, such as BLU and YELLO! is helpful, but is not required.

Ideal skills of applicants

The Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador program is a youth development program that strives to exemplify the ultimate in youth citizenship & leadership in Minnesota. Those interested in applying should:

  • Be interested in developing and/or enhancing skills related to leadership, such as conflict resolution, facilitation, teamwork, decision-making, respect, and communication; and
  • Be able to accept and incorporate constructive criticism to enhance skills; and
  • Be willing to explore and apply diverse concepts of citizenship; and
  • Have basic skills in teaching others, facilitating discussions, and public speaking.

The State Ambassador program is a time-intensive program and requires full participation to build relationships with team members, plan for events, and be prepared for State Ambassador activities. The program begins in late July 2015, and will conclude in mid-June 2016. Key expectations include:

  • To uphold and abide by the Minnesota 4-H Code of Conduct throughout the duration of their appointment as a State Ambassador, inside and outside of 4-H events;
  • To participate fully in all required State Ambassador activities (see included schedule);
  • To be a positive role model to and representative of all youth involved in Minnesota 4-H;
  • To actively promote inclusion and respect for diversity within 4-H programs;
  • To be responsible for providing or arranging personal transportation to all activities/events;
  • To be prompt in response to emails and/or phone calls from advisors;
  • To be willing to engage in a youth-adult partnership model of leadership.

Once appointed, failure to uphold these expectations may jeopardize your opportunity to complete the State Ambassador term.

2015-16 State Ambassador application process

Youth interested in applying to the 2015-16 State Ambassador program should complete the following steps:

  1. Review all responsibilities, expectations, and dates in the Applicant Information Packet.
  2. Complete the online 4-H State Ambassador program application no later than May 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (CDT).
  3. Ask a local 4-H staff person or an adult volunteer project/program leader, preferably your Program Coordinator/Director unless special circumstances exist (ex: staff person is a family member, position is currently vacant, etc) to complete an online recommendation form on your behalf no later than May 15, 2015.

Semi-finalists will be contacted by a member of the selection committee to set up an in-person interview in their region. All interviews will be held betweem May 21 and June 1* in a location to be determined, but likely at the 4-H Regional Center central to all applicants in that region. Semi-finalists will be expected to:

  1. Participate in a 15-20 minute interview with members of the selection committee.
  2. Prepare ahead of time, and deliver a 5 to 7-minute presentation, choosing one of three topics provided.

*If you are unable to participate in an interview during these dates due to other commitments, please explain your situation in the application. The selection team will attempt to make accommodations when possible.

Criteria for selection

The Extension Center for Youth Development is committed to ensuring that the Ambassador Program is representative of the diversity of Minnesota, is represented by youth who are exceptional in their leadership/service to their communities, and can professionally represent the entire Minnesota 4-H Youth Development Program. Additionally, applicants will be scored on the following: application and written questions, interview, prepared presentation, andrecommendation from 4-H staff.

Contact

To get involved with the 4-H Ambassador Project, contact your county 4-H office.

Jacquie Lonning, state program director, Citizenship & Leadership, mn4h-state-ambassadors@umn.edu, 612-624-9117

All resources on this page have been reviewed by our faculty and included for their educational value. No endorsement is intended or implied. Minnesota 4-H does not profit from the inclusion of any commercial project resources.


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