BROOKINGS, S.D. – Danika Gordon, a nine-year Butte-Lawrence County 4-H member, developed the Listen, Learn, Lead website as part of her South Dakota State 4-H Ambassador educational engagement.
Listen, Learn, Lead – or L3 for short, provides youth with an opportunity to preview leadership-focused TED Talks and discuss what they learn with peers or mentors.
The topics Gordon selected for this year’s TED Talks highlight introverts, body language, views on leadership and skills that help people be successful in school and life.
“I think these TED talks have some really good messages that I hope other youth will be positively impacted by,” explained Gordon, who designed the site and developed discussion questions to go with each talk that she hopes will prompt reflection as an individual or group.
Gordon suggests youth might gather to watch the TED Talks during a 4-H club, 4-H junior leaders or FFA chapter meeting, or simply during free time with their family.
She says the project was designed to be similar to a book club. “After watching the TED Talk, youth can have a short discussion with others about what they learned or agreed with – or perhaps disagreed with – from the presentation,” Gordon said.
Gordon hopes to select four new TED Talk presentations each year to continue fostering learning and leadership among South Dakota youth.
Youth who watch the TED Talks and post a comment on the “Listen, Learn, Lead.” Facebook page will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card.
More about State 4-H Ambassador program
Gordon is one of 19 youth selected to serve as a State 4-H Ambassador based on an application and interview process.
Developed to expand leadership opportunities for teens, the State 4-H Ambassador program replaces the State 4-H Youth Council, offering more opportunities to South Dakota teens because it is designed to engage youth in leadership development through all four 4-H program priority areas including:
- Health & Wellness
“I was interested in taking on a role where I was able to impact more youth. Serving as a State 4-H Ambassador allows me to do this.”
The 2018-19 State 4-H Ambassadors include: Nathan Linke, President, Sanborn County; Lani Klein, Vice President, Custer County; Emily Foiles, Secretary, Clark County; Taylor McMartin, Treasurer, Turner County; Jessica Kott, Brule County; Cassie Richarz, Hamlin County; Jordan Rusche, Kingsbury County; Laura Bogue, Lincoln County; Tessa Erdmann, Brown County; Kate DeVelder, Clay County; Zoe Harris, Tripp County; Kayla Fischer, Day County; Julia Ebbinga, Turner County; Sydney Hoffman, McCook County; Jayna Sanborn, McPherson County; Danika Gordon, Butte/Lawrence County; Bailey Feistner, Sanborn County; Hailie Stuck, Spink County and Alisha McMartin, Turner County.
To learn more about the State 4-H Ambassador program, contact your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. A complete listing can be found under the About Our Experts tab.