In 4-H, there are many ways to connect to your community and take on important leadership roles. Below are a few ways to get involved with leadership development.
Event Chairs: The chairperson of each 4-H Event will be determined by Event Committee members and is responsible for overseeing that particular 4-H Event.
Emerald Star & County Ambassadors: The Emerald Star program is designed to help youth learn about project planning, organization and presentation. The project's purpose is to provide an opportunity for intermediate and senior 4-H members to develop projects in their community, or in 4-H YDP beyond the club level. For more information go to http://www.ca4h.org/Projects/Leadership/EmeraldStar/. County Ambassadors are the premiere youth leaders of the County 4-H program, previously known as the County 4-H All Stars.
Club Officers: Club officers manage the planning and implementation of the club’s programs and business. They serve as a guardian of the club’s legal, financial, social, and educational responsibilities. Officers are responsible for ensuring that the club is inclusive and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.
Junior/Teen Leader: The 4-H Junior and Teen Leadership experience is designed to provide members with the opportunity to learn about the qualities and competencies needed to be a leader. Junior Leaders provide assistance while Teen Leaders assume more challenging leadership roles. Junior and Teen Leaders may assist with specific projects or with other 4-H activities or events. To be a junior leader, members must be at least 11 years old and no more than 13 years old by December 31st of the program year. Teen leaders must be at least 14 years old.
County Council/Management Team: Open to 4-H youth in Humboldt County (Management Team Format) or Del Norte County (County Council Format) and meets throughout the year between August and May. County Council/Management Team give youth a chance to work closely with adult volunteers, share ideas, learn, develop leadership skills and have fun!
Statewide 4-H Committees: The Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program (YDP) Advisory Committees are comprised of a representative group of 4-H members, adult volunteers, county and state 4-H YDP staff. Statewide 4-H YDP Committees offer insight, review and input for the operation and management of the Statewide 4-H YDP to the State 4-H YDP Director.
State Officer Manual: The Officer’s Manual is a guide for the 4-H club officers, the officer advisor, and the community club leader.