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.
Elected officials recently helped Port Gibson High School students get a better grasp on local government through a new 4-H citizenship program.
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.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- One of the most difficult tasks a parent or provider will face is guiding children through the grief and instability brought on by tragedy.
Natural disasters, terrorism, mass shootings, deaths of loved ones, or acts of domestic or physical violence are traumatic for everyone. When faced with these events, children and adults alike experience feelings of fear, helplessness and anxiety. However, children have very little, if any, experience in properly dealing with those feelings.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Teachers, students and parents need to be on the same page when disasters happen during school hours.
Ryan Akers, assistant Extension professor of community preparation and disaster management at Mississippi State University, said basic plans can make a huge difference for everyone involved when emergencies occur.
“Emergency plans are becoming more important to schools, and not just the traditional fire and tornado drills,” Akers said. “Schools are gathering supplies and working on extensive communication plans to help everyone involved.”
LOUISVILLE – Long before the dark clouds rolled across the state on April 28, the Mississippi State University Extension Service had been prepared to provide a silver lining for children displaced by disaster.
Louise Davis, Extension professor of child and family development, said “safe spaces” are set up at shelters in Tupelo and Louisville. Extension staff with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network will oversee these sites.