Empowering 4-H Teens to Become Caring, Contributing Citizens - NAE4-HA 2015 National Conference Presentation


Check out leadership opportunities for all teens ages 14 and older!

Apply for Ohio 4-H Livestock Judging "All Star" Team

The state team competes on behalf of Ohio at the National Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville KY. Youth will evaluate and place classes of goat, sheep, beef, and swine and deliver oral reasons. The team is coached by Greg Meyer, ANR Educator. Read the flyer available at go.osu.edu/LivestockJudging and contact Greg if interested with your name, email, and phone number.

Apply for a summer job at a 4-H Camp

College-age youth (18 and older) can seek summer employment at various 4-H camp locations.

Hancock Jr Leadership Club

The Hancock County Jr Leadership club is open to any 4-H members currently in high school (age 14 as of Jan. 1 - or at least a freshman). They provide teen leadership at many Hancock County 4-H events, and meet monthly for special leadership building activities.

The club meets the third Wednesday of most months from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Hancock County Agricultural Service Center.  

Assist with Cloverbud Program

Leadership is welcomed for working with the county cloverbud meetings which are held bi-monthly. Contact Cassie if you can help with this group

Seek an office within your local 4-H Club

Older 4-H members should be providing leadership within their local 4-H club. Even if your participation may be limited because of sports, music or other school/church activities - - you can show leadership by planning and presenting an excellent 4-H demonstration (+ there is a local demonstration contest, marketing contest, & mock interview contest that you can participate in at the county level); or assume a leadership role with your club booth or a fundraiser. This may allow you to schedule committee meetings around your schedule, and give you greater flexibility to plan and work on the projects throughout the 4-H year.

Participate in Workforce Preparation Day Events

Members can register themselves for Ohio State Fair Workforce Preparation Day during the state fair. Entries are generally due in mid July.

Apply for Hancock County Fair Junior Fair Royalty

Applicants must be 16-18 as of January 1 and a current participant in one of the Jr Fair organizations. Must submit application to the Jr Fair Office. Applications are due in mid September to the Jr or Sr Fair Office. Department royalty is selected at various times of the year. See the Applications and Forms page for application deadlines.

Apply for Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (this is a new group merging the former 4-H Ambassador program with Teen Advisory Council program)

Applicants must be 14-18 as of Jan. 1 for white, green, silver, & gold levels. Platinum level applicants must be 18-20 years as of Jan.1. They must have been active Ohio 4-H members for 24 consecutive months as of January 1. Link for more information on this program. 

Help construct your club's 4-H club booth or volunteer in the youth building before or during the fair

Contact your 4-H club advisor to find out what needs to be done yet. The 4-H office has several display areas and booths that will need to be constructed, and there are youth activities that you could assist with.

Become a Hancock Co. Junior Fair Board Member

Jr Fair Board members assist with planning and management of Jr Fair activities. Applications are generally due just after the county fair and applicants are generally interviewed in September.

Take a leadership role in promoting 4-H 5K run and Barn Dance Fundraiser for Jr Fair Pavilion project

Most local clubs are active in the community through various service projects. Talk with your advisor about service opportunities and how you might get involved and provide leadership. Contact the 4-H office for more information on the 5K run & Barn Dance to be held in October

Consider serving on the 4-H Advisory Council

Teens serve a one-year term representing their respective school districts. Talk with your club advisor about nominating you ASAP for election to the council. Two members of the Jr Leadership Club are also selected annually to participate on 4-H Advisory Council.

4-H Camp Counselor

Applications for camp counselors are due in November. Selection interviews will be held in December. If you have the time, and enjoy working with younger 4-H members, this is a great opportunity for leadership development. See the Applications and Forms page for application deadlines.