4-H Leadership Opportunities for Youth and Adults
4‑H aims to help youth members and adult leaders realize their potential. Programs, projects and opportunities challenge members to be assertive, to make decisions and to facilitate change. The goal is to encourage members to see themselves for who they are - active, audible and accountable leaders of tomorrow. 4‑H Leaders of today act as mentors, making an example out of their life, their conduct and their interactions with others. In this, Leaders not only see the development and change taking root in the lives of the members, but they have the affirmation of knowing that they encouraged the change to happen, willed the confidence to ignite and imparted the tools necessary to make a difference.
Imagine being a part of something that you believe in, and gave you cause to believe.
Key Member Challenge
Ambassadors are Senior Members' aged 15-20 who have demonstrated the markings of a leader. Ambassadors represent the epitome of 4‑H with their willingness to participate, the articulation with which they speak and the knowledge that they impart. Ambassadors' impeccable behaviour, dedication and enthusiasm are evident at the Regional and Provincial events where they volunteer. They are resourceful and knowledgeable in many aspects of the 4‑H program.
At Selections, Ambassadors are chosen among those who place in the top half of attendees based on diary points, quiz scores and overall group session performance.
Ambassadors' main activities include:
If you would like more information on becoming an Ambassador, contact the 4‑H specialist in your region.
|4‑H Alumni play an important role in the 4‑H structure. Alumni are previous 4‑H members aged 18 and older, whose past club experience makes their participation as public speaking judges, workshop presenters and chaperones in the current 4‑H program, invaluable. Having progressed through the various projects and programs, Alumni often find themselves too old to join 4‑H or too far to drive to meetings as they have moved away because of school or work.|
Alumni groups are typically centered around post-secondary institutions. They are normally started in an attempt to keep former 4‑H members connected, further develop leadership and communication, and act as a resource for all Alberta clubs and members. Aside from the community that is created, being a 4‑H Alumni club member also presents opportunity. Alumni are still able to apply for scholarships, volunteer for events or become club leaders and network with 4‑H sponsors.
In order to coordinate Alumni activities on a provincial basis, the positions of Provincial Alumni Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator work as a team with each of the five clubs on behalf of the alumni in the province. Each alumni club is expected to send at least two delegates to the Alumni Annual General Meeting in January, where the positions of Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator are elected. The group also discusses initiatives, plans, activities and successes.
If you would like more information on a specific Alumni club or on starting a new club, contact the 4‑H specialist in your region.
Leaders are adults aged 18 and over who dedicate their time to creating an environment of learning, developing a relationship of trust and encouraging a drive to succeed. They work toward the further development of youth and have a particular interest/expertise that is applicable to 4‑H's projects and programming. Typically, Leaders are elected by a 4‑H club's members at their reorganization meeting in the fall and serve a one-year term. 4‑H insists on Leaders meeting specific requirements due to 4‑H's commitment to fostering an environment that is conducive to safety, growth and learning
After being elected, each Volunteer Leader must complete the following requirements:
The fundamental expectation of a Leader is to be a mentor to club members, modeling the roles of a mediator, a facilitator and a coach. As a mediator, a Leader strives for effective conflict resolution, active listening and impartiality. As a facilitator, a Leader creates an environment that promotes learning and productivity, safety and trust, motivation and dedication. As a coach, a Leader is understanding, positive, communicative, flexible/adaptable and is able to recognize the needs of club members, and be a strategic thinker.
As a Leader, the different roles, activities, situations, and experiences you encounter and gain will be endless. Organizing fundraisers, planning and facilitating club Achievement Days, facilitating workshops that are beneficial to members as well as leaders, attending Leader Programs, Provincial 4‑H Leaders Conference, project update conferences, taking part in travel and chaperone opportunities, planning events at club meetings that have "added value", setting up projects that cater to club members specific needs, strengths and interests to name a few. Being a 4‑H Leader is meant to be as fun, as self-developing, as rewarding and as challenging as each individual aspires to make it be.
If you would like more information on becoming a Leader, contact the 4‑H specialist in your region.
Key Leaders are an integral part of the 4‑H structure. As a result of their previous 4‑H volunteer Leader experience, Key Leaders are versed in the ways of club conduct, the needs of the club, the structure of the 4‑H program and the resources that exist within the club, district and community. Key Leaders prove to be an excellent resource for newly founded clubs and newly selected club Leaders, by providing training on 4‑H procedures, meeting management and 4‑H related programs and make themselves accessible to those needing assistance. Key Leaders ensure that they make themselves known to the district, and have the knowledge to serve as a resource to clubs, committees and councils.
Due to their well-developed leadership characteristics, exemplary service and previous 4‑H Leader experience, Key Leaders are selected by District Council on an annual basis to act as a support to district and committees. The term is for one year with the option of renewal depending on the district. Key Leaders are encouraged to attend 4-H Alberta Leader Programs such as the Provincial 4‑H Leaders Conference and Key Leader Training.
Through their years of experience, Key Leaders have developed effective approaches for successful means of recruiting and involving volunteers and helpful tactics for mentoring volunteer leaders. Acting as a liaison between club, district and various committees is an important element of being a Key Leader, as is cooperating with Key Members in order to plan events, activities, and workshops. Key Leaders assume the responsibility of helping volunteer leaders with trying situations, listening to the feedback and concerns of leaders and council and assisting the exchange of information between these two groups.