Leadership and Citizenship
4-H Ambassadors Program
The Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Ambassadors Program provides leadership and service to the 4-H Program. 4-H Ambassadors are the voice of Mississippi youth. By participating in this specialized train-the-trainer program, teens will be prepared to serve as teen trainers.
The goal of the 4-H Ambassadors Program is to enhance the leadership, citizenship, and communication skills of teen leaders. 4-H Ambassadors have opportunities to assist with programs in the state, serve as role models, and provide training that will strengthen their life skills and promote individual growth. The objectives are to
- make 4-H more visible in the county and across the state of Mississippi,
- maintain and build relationships with 4-H alumni and supporters,
- increase membership in the statewide 4-H program, and
- promote individual growth within members.
Keys to the Community
The purpose of this program is to help young people understand how their county government operates, what their county government is trying to accomplish, how the actions of government affect their everyday life, and what their personal responsibility is to local government.
The objectives are to
- develop an understanding of county government services,
- develop an understanding of the role of county government officials, and
- motivate young people to become involved with and informed about local government.
Ryan Akers recently graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
School is out for the summer, meaning 4-H activities are in full swing! I had the privilege of leading the Media Corps Team at the 4-H Cooperative and Leadership Conference earlier this month. We discussed how our smartphones and social media have changed the way the media works, and then we worked together to “cover” the conference as the media would.
Forty-three Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H members were recognized recently during the annual Mississippi Congressional Award ceremony for their self-development accomplishments.
Members of the Hinds County 4-H Leadership team for 2017-2018 were recently selected. The team consists of 4-H’ers in both the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program and the Alcorn State University Extension 4-H program. Team members are selected based on performance in and commitment to the 4-H program and participation in leadership roles in their 4-H clubs, schools and communities. Selected team members will learn about and practice leadership, citizenship and communication skills through various projects.
AT&T Mississippi sponsors the AT&T Banner Club Awards, Mississippi 4-H’s annual awards ceremony to celebrate the state’s most impactful 4-H clubs, at the Legislative Appreciation Luncheon, which is part of 4-H Legislative Day in February.
He may be only 15 years old, but one Columbus High School sophomore is developing financial skills for his entrepreneurial future, thanks to his experiences at the 2019 Mississippi 4-H Cooperative and Leadership Conference.
Originally from Greenwood, Drew Hearn has been a state trooper with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for 5 years. In 2019, he received the “Buckle for Life” award in recognition of his advocacy for wearing seat belts and having children in proper safety equipment, including car seats and boosters. He shares how his time in the Leflore County 4-H program shaped his leadership skills and taught him responsibility.
What makes Shandrea Jenkins unique is her giving spirit. The Port Gibson High School junior is an active member of 4-H in Claiborne County, and she appreciates the opportunities 4-H is giving her. She’s getting to serve others, travel around the state, and connect with other focused, ambitious 4-H’ers who want to make Mississippi even better.
Nerves jangling, Jaylin Smith of Greenwood stepped to the podium to address legislators and guests gathered in the Mississippi Senate chamber in February 2019. Her audience seemed preoccupied, checking their cell phones. By the time she finished her speech, they were on their feet, applauding.