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4-H Buddies: A South Dakota 4-H Mentor Guidebook

Guidelines and resources to create a peer-to-peer mentoring opportunity in your 4-H program.

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Conference and Teens

Leadership development has long been a focus (and result) of the 4-H experience. SDSU Extension's 4-H program recognizes the tremendous individual and public value that results when our empowered members develop essential leadership skills.

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State 4-H Ambassador Program

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

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Operation Occupation: Unlock Your Potential

Operation Occupation is an annual, one-week, virtual career exploration camp that is designed to give youth a glimpse into multiple career opportunities behind the convenience of their screen.

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Career Conversations: Exploring My Future in the 605

Career Conversations features interviews with South Dakota professionals inspiring teachers and youth to explore occupations at their own pace.

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4-H Workforce Development

4-H defines workforce development as employment pathways and opportunities that will prepare youth to enter the workforce.

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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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South Dakota 4-H Legislature Program

The South Dakota 4-H Legislature Program engages youth in a hands-on mock legislative session.

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2022-23 State 4-H Ambassador Team

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

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Career Exploration

SDSU Extension 4-H has created the Career Conversations: Exploring My Future in the 605 and Operation Occupation: Unlock Your Potential, which are virtual career exploration courses that are self-guided and free of charge for teachers and youth.