Teen Leadership Opportunities

Program Contact: Nancy Baskett, 4-H Program Coordinator
(206) 263-1923 • nbaskett@wsu.edu

4-H Teen Leadership programs give adolescents the opportunity to develop advanced leadership abilities through a variety of real-life leadership roles.

Local

Teen Leaders of Tomorrow is program open for all members across the county (7th grade and above) to provide opportunities for teens to learn leadership skills by planning and implementing community service, 4-H promotions, fundraising and fun activities. The group meets once a month. Contact Nancy Baskett at nbaskett@wsu.edu or 253 224-2884 for more information .

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Teens as Teacher*: Health Rocks!® is a prevention and decision-making program, which also provides key health messages.  Classes are taught by teen/adult leadership teams that help youth learn key health messages and skills such as critical thinking, how to manage stress, how to handle peer pressure, and how to communicate effectively.

Teens as Teacher*:  Food Smart Families is a program where are teens are trained to  teach classes to younger youth healthy eating and exercise activities using Food Fun and Fitness curriculum.

*Teens as Teacher are programs that teach teens to teach younger youth various curriculum

District/State**

NW District Teen Rally is usually held one weekend in October hosted by one of the northwest counties in Washington for grades 7-12. Teens from multiple counties get together for educational workshops, special speakers and fun!

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Know Your Government (KYG) is an annual 4-day teen conference in Olympia sponsored by Washington State 4-H which takes place in February. 4-H youth in grades 9-12 are invited to participate. Each county delegation meets for preconference sessions in their county before the conference for training. For more information: 4-H Know Your Government

Teen Leadership Summit is state wide leadership training conference for 4-H Members 7- 10 grades held in Central Washington in March.  This is an interactive and fun weekend for teens to enhance leadership skills. For more information: 4-H Teen Leadership Summit

Teen Conference is held in June at WSU Pullman campus. Teens engage in hands-on education sessions and programs with other youth from across the state and college professors and 4-H youth development experts. For more information: Teen Conference

National

National 4-H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4-H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for actively involved 4-H members (15-19 yrs.) to connect, learn, engage, lead, and impact their communities, their nation, and their world. Youth who have participated in the past report it was the highlight of their 4-H experience. Youth wishing to apply as a Washington State delegate must have sponsorship by a county or state 4-H leadership board or council. If selected to attend National 4-H Conference, they will have a commitment to this sponsoring board/council to bring back the information and training they have received and utilize it within the context of that board’s service. Specific guidelines will be determined jointly between the youth and the board prior to attendance at National 4-H Conference. The conference is held in April. Approximate cost: $1200. For more information: National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Congress provides a great opportunity for 4-H members from the across the country to come together and learn about community involvement, culture diversity, and service to others while meeting new friends and experience Atlanta, Georgia.  The history of the National 4-H Congress goes back more than 80 years. Dates: Late November – Early December. Cost: $1100.Accept the Challenge, and be the best person that you can be! The conference schedule includes:

  • Workshops designed to develop your leadership skills
  • Plenary Sessions with outstanding speakers and entertainers
  • A Service Learning Experience during which you will participate in hands-on service projects
  • Tours and recreational opportunities throughout the city

To apply: 4H Teen Opportunities – How to Apply

**The King County 4-H Association provides partial scholarships for district and State events

Scholarship Opportunities

Washington State 4-H Scholarship Opportunities  Each year Washington State 4-H members, who are seniors in high school or completing their GED, are eligible for many scholarships. Washington State 4-H is pleased to offer various scholarships.  For current application directions for 4-H WA State Scholarships go to: http://4h.wsu.edu/members/scholar.htm

WSU Scholarships – The College of Agricultural, Human, & Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) awards approximately $600,000 in scholarships annually to students pursuing CAHNRS majors. Students apply for these scholarships by filling out the general WSU scholarship application found on the WSU Future Students website. To be considered for CAHNRS scholarships, be sure to indicate the CAHNRS major in which you are interested on the application. For more information visit http://academic.cahnrs.wsu.edu/scholarships; or contact the CAHNRS Academic Programs Office at 509-335-4562, or email academic@cahnrs.wsu.edu

CAHNRS 4-H Scholarships – In conjunction with the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, we are excited to offer two Washington State University 4-H scholarships: one for achievement in Leadership and one for achievement in Citizenship/Community Service.  Each of these scholarships is worth $3,000.00 toward tuition in a student’s freshman year at Washington State University.  Applicants being considered for the Leadership and Citizenship/Community Service Scholarships will first be reviewed for the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Dean’s Merit Award worth $3000.00.  To be eligible for these scholarships a youth must complete the following:

  1. Washington State University Scholarship Application (online only), AND
  2. Sections 2-6 of the Washington State 4-H Scholarship Packet

Exchange Programs

States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs – Global Citizenship & Cultural Immersion Programming for 4-H Aged Youth

Summer Inbound Exchange Student Programs – Our Summer Inbound programs bring youth to the US each summer to stay with a host family for 4 weeks. Based on a complete cultural immersion model, youth are matched with a volunteer American family who wants to share their life with an international visitor. To learn more or apply to be a host family, please visit this link: Become a Host Family.

Summer Outbound Exchange Student Programs – Our Summer Outbound programs send American 4-H youth to foreign countries for a cultural immersion experience. Outbound delegates live with volunteer host families, learning first-hand about a new way of life in the host country. Our international partners recruit host families and plan enrichment activities for the delegation. All S4-H Outbound programs include pre-departure orientations in the US, adult chaperones who accompany the group on international travel and remain in-country to provide support during the exchange, in-country orientation, a homestay experience, and some limited sightseeing opportunities in the capital city or other major attraction. Some programs offer a summer camp experience as well.

Academic Year Exchange Student Programs (AYP) – American families have the opportunity to host a high school student for one academic year (August-June). Students are enrolled in public high school and participate in school activities as members of their host families. S4-H places students from Japan, Korea, and Eurasia through AYP. Our Eurasian students are scholarship recipients participating in the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX), which is sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs. State coordinators and local representatives in the host community provide support services for host families and exchange students throughout the school year.