Our 4-H Teen Leadership program offers many opportunities for San Juan County teens to gain leadership skills they can apply in school, at home, and with their friends. Local, state, national and international activities are available, with scholarships to support participation. Annually, teens may participate in the following educational events:
- NW Teen Rally: a weekend camp hosted by a different NW county each year.
- Know Your Government: a 3-day event in Olympia, focusing on a different governmental topic each year.
- National Conference: a week-long leadership event held in Chevy Chase, MD at the National 4-H Center. Here is a glimpse of National Conference 2016:
- State Teen Leadership Conference: a weekend training event for both adult and teen leaders, held in a different county each year.
- Western Leader Forum: a weekend training event for adult and teen leaders, held in a different county each year.
- International Exchange: LABO, UTREK, and LEX are three separate programs with common elements of cultural awareness, homestay experiences, environmental camps and language educations. Educational experiences with the cultures of Japan, Canada, China, South Korea, and New Zealand are available.
- National Congress: a week-long leadership event held in Atlanta Georgia
In addition, teens can take on leadership roles to represent their San Juan County 4-H peers. Teens can choose to be trained as:
- County Teen Representatives (CTR) and then take on a leadership role within San Juan County to help coordinate 4-H activities and support their peers.
- State Ambassadors and then represent San Juan County 4-Hers at state events; bringing back new ideas for our local activities.
National Youth Summit Series
The National Youth Summit Series brings together some of the best and brightest students to focus on maker, healthy living, and agri-science. Designed for high school students (grades 9 – 12), the Summits provide opportunities to learn technical skills, participate in hands-on activities, workshops and learn from leaders in the field.
At the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science high school students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability. Summit fees include accommodations at the National 4‑H Conference Center, meals, educational programming and tours including a guided night time tour of the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC. All-you-can-eat meals are served at the Clover Cafe at National 4‑H Conference Center beginning with dinner on Friday, January 12 and ending with a box lunch on Monday, January 15, 2018.
At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. Summit fees include accommodations at the National 4‑H Conference Center, meals, educational programming and tours including a guided night time tour of the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC. All-you-can-eat meals are served at the Clover Cafe at National 4‑H Conference Center beginning with dinner on Friday, February 16 and ending with a box lunch on Monday, February 19, 2018.