Cooperative Extension Shasta County
1851 Hartnell Avenue
Redding, CA 96002-2217
Phone: (530) 224-4900
Fax: (530) 224-4904
Youth Leadership Opportunities
Ambassador & Ambassador Support
Being an Ambassador is an opportunity for youth to be more involved at a County level and consider the responsibilities as an act of service to their fellow 4-H members and leaders. People in general look up to an Ambassador. As an Ambassador, you will be expected to exhibit the following types of behavior:
- Show initiative...be willing to try new things.
- Show interest in self-growth and service to the Shasta County 4-H Program. This includes such things as helping to set up, clean-up at major 4-H events, assisting with awards, giving presentations, etc.
- Show consideration and interest for others.
- Have a willingness to work for the improvement of the 4-H Program.
- Be willing to share your ideas and experiences with others, such as at 4-H club meetings, county 4-H Council meetings, etc.
- Be willing to encourage or assist younger members to achieve their goals.
- Must be between 14-18 years old and meet membership requirements for the length of the term of service.
- Must be enrolled in the Shasta County 4-H Program during the current club year and have completed at least one year of 4-H club work.
- Must demonstrate leadership experience and skills.
- Must be willing to attend the State 4-H Leadership Conference in August and other Ambassador activities. Also, to share information from these events with others in the county.
- Must be willing to set a high standard of conduct at all times during the 4-H club year.
- Must attend 80% of meetings and their part of the county events.
- Be willing to make public presentations representing 4-H.
Ambassador Support Team Applications due to the 4-H office no later than Friday, August 11, 2023
4-H club officers are elected annually in accordance with the club's constitution and bylaws. Under the guidance of the 4-H community club leader and/or the officer's advisor, officers are responsible for a particular part of the 4-H club's function.
Generally, 4-H clubs have a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and sergeant at arms. However, 4-H units may have additional officers according to their constitution and bylaws. Other activities and events may be planned by a committee.
Together, the 4-H club officer team is responsible for the administration of the 4-H club and its programs. Club officers plan and carry out community club meetings.
These objectives of holding an office include increased:
- planning and organizing skills.
- teamwork, leadership, and social skills.
- communication and public speaking skills.
- decision making skills.
- record keeping and management skills.
The general duties of holding an office include:
- Learn and act upon the duties of your office.
- Be an active member of the board of officers.
- Attend officer executive board meetings.
- Attend club meetings and activities.
- Lead in planning meetings and events.
- Give your opinion on issues, but also listen to what others have to say.
- Actively represent 4-H in your community.
Junior and Teen Leaders
The 4-H junior and teen leadership experience is designed to provide members with the opportunity to learn about the qualities and competencies needed to be a leader. Junior leaders provide assistance, while teen leaders assume more challenging leadership roles. Junior and teen leaders may assist with specific projects or with more general 4-H activities and events. A 4-H member may be a junior or teen leader for one or more projects during the year.
The primary duties of a junior or teen leader are (varies by age, experience, and other factors):
- Work collaboratively with the adult leader to set goals, develop lesson plans, teach skills, and evaluate activities.
- Coordinate logistical details such as meeting times, locations, materials, supplies, and expenses with the adult leader.
- Communicate with the adult leader and members about group expectations, responsibilities and expected outcomes.
At the beginning of the year, the 4-H member and the adult leaders should meet to discuss the project and define each of their roles. The 4-H member should complete the pre-project part of the form. At the end of the year, the 4-H member must complete the post-project part of the form and include the entire form in his/her Record Book to receive credit. Please see 4-H Record Books for more details.
Junior leaders (intermediate members): To become a junior leader, members must be at least 11 and no more than 13 years old by December 31st of the program year.
Teen leaders (senior members): To become a teen leader, members must be at least 14 and no more than 19 years old by December 31st of the program year.