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State 4-H Ambassador Program

Updated March 17, 2023
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Hilary Risner

SDSU Extension Program Manager, Regional Youth Educator

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The State 4-H Ambassador program strives to develop the minds of young people by increasing and promoting leadership activities in 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 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.

As an ambassador, young people will be required to complete the following:

  • Develop an action plan and write self-determined goals
  • Work with a program mentor to build youth adult-partnership opportunities
  • Participate in leadership trainings
  • Facilitate an educational engagement
  • Discuss the impact of 4-H with an elected official
  • Attend a state 4-H event
  • Engage in year-end summer retreat

Additional opportunities are detailed on the position description.

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Become a State 4-H Ambassador

Curious about what it takes to become a South Dakota State 4-H Ambassador? View the position descriptions, term timeline, and application process.

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2022-23 State 4-H Ambassador Team

Get to know your 2022-23 State 4-H Ambassador team!

Upcoming Events

2022 4-H Teen Leadership Conference delegates.
Jun 05

Teen Leadership Conference

Join us on June 5-9 for the 2023 4-H Teen Leadership Conference where we explore leadership "Through the Decades." Teen Leadership Conference is open to any teen, ages 13-18, with an interest in developing their leadership, life, workforce, and social skills.