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Become a State 4-H Ambassador

Updated March 17, 2023
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Hilary Risner

SDSU Extension Program Manager, Regional Youth Educator

The State 4-H Ambassador Program strives to develop the minds of young people by increasing and promoting leadership activities through 4-H. Through participation in the State 4-H Ambassador Program, teens will function as a positive role model for youth in South Dakota, while serving to support the 4-H program through public relations. State 4-H Ambassadors will strive for continued improvement of the 4-H program by serving as an agent of change. Additionally, these individuals will promote inclusion and respect for diversity across 4-H in South Dakota. State 4-H Ambassadors must be a registered 4-H member, age 14-18, in good standing. Individuals selected to be on the team, will have endless opportunities to grow and expand their leadership, life, social and workforce skills. Visit the supporting documents below to learn more about this exciting leadership opportunity within 4-H!


Do you know someone that would make a great SD State 4-H Ambassador during the upcoming term? Use the form in the link below to nominate them! A nomination prompts the program coordinator to send the individual nominated a personalized email inviting them to apply and indicating that they were nominated by you (the nominator). Sometimes one small nudge from someone that believes in a young person is all it takes for them to take the leap into deepening their leadership skills. Nominators can be a 4-H Field Specialist/Program Manager/Coordinator, 4-H Youth Program Advisor/Assistant, County 4-H Secretary, Registered 4-H Volunteer, or Current State 4-H Ambassador. This form will close on August 1 of each year.


Application Process

Apply to be a South Dakota State 4-H Ambassador today by completing the application at the link below. Applications must include the following:

  • Application
  • Personal Narrative (details in the application)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (requirements in the application)

Applications must be postmarked by August 10 to the address indicated at the bottom of the application document.

All applicants will be required to participate in an interview during the South Dakota State Fair (in-person or virtually). 

Contact Hilary Risner, SDSU Extension Program Manager, Regional Youth Educator, with any questions about the State 4-H Ambassador Program.