4-H AMBASSADORS PROGRAM
A 4-H Ambassador is an authorized representative of the Mississippi State University Extension Youth Development Program. A 4-H Ambassador is a self-motivated, enthusiastic leader who promotes 4-H using the skills, knowledge, and leadership abilities acquired in 4-H with fellow members, area residents, community leaders, elected officials, and other young people. A 4-H Ambassador serves to strengthen the 4-H program through public relations.
4-H Ambassadors are youth representatives for the state 4-H Youth Development Program. Outstanding young people with proven excellence in 4-H achievement and citizenship have the opportunity to become State 4-H Ambassadors.
Being selected as an MSU-Extension 4-H Ambassador is an honor that carries great responsibility. Ambassadors serve as emcees, program facilitators, and members of county and state council committees. MSU-Extension 4-H Ambassadors are role models who uphold high standards in making the best better in their clubs, communities, country, and world.
The MSU Extension 4-H Ambassadors Program enhances leadership, citizenship, and communication skills in teen leaders. 4-H Ambassadors assist with programs in the state, serve as role models, and conduct training to strengthen life skills and promote individual growth.
- 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.
- Promote individual growth within members.
STATE MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
- Must be 15 years old and a senior-level registered 4-H’er.
- Must have a genuine commitment to 4-H.
- Must be willing to put a high priority on the responsibilities of serving as a State 4-H Ambassador.
- Must have a genuine enthusiasm for 4-H.
- Must be a team player at all times.
- Must be able to meet people easily.
- Must have academic performance that will permit being absent from school without seriously jeopardizing grades.
- Must participate in three State 4-H Ambassador training programs.
- Must be well-groomed and willing to wear the official Ambassador attire.
- Must exhibit leadership skills and be in good standing with the local county 4-H program.
- Must be an active participant in 4-H.
- Must maintain a positive behavior.
- Must have excellent communication skills, including both planned and extemporaneous.
- Must have parents who are committed to 4-H and are willing to support their teen in carrying out their responsibilities.
- Must participate in three State 4-H Ambassador planned events.
HOW TO APPLY
- Submit a cover letter, 4-H vita, and two letters of support to the local county Extension office.
- Your local county Extension agent will submit a confidential letter of recommendation.
- Your local county Extension agent will submit all documents to the state 4-H office.
- A committee will judge the cover letters and vitae with judging rubrics.
- Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview.
- The selected individuals will give a 7-minute presentation on a topic identified by the state 4-H office. Judges will ask questions about the presentation.
- A panel will use the State 4-H Ambassador Judging Rubric to judge the applicants.
- Interviews and results will be announced during 4-H Congress.
- The judges’ decisions are final.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE IN THE MSU EXTENSION STATE 4-H OFFICE BY MAY 1, 2017.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A group of 34 elite 4-H’ers toured part of northeast Mississippi July 18-21 learning about leadership and business cooperatives.
The first-place winners in the senior level of 4-H competition at this year’s 4-H Club Congress, state 4-H Ambassadors and the state 4-H Council officers participated in the 2016 Cooperative Business Leadership Conference. Mississippi State University was home base for the group as they took a bus tour to Mayhew, West Point, Greenville and Greenwood.