Training THIS Generation of Leaders

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Justin Crowe, 4-H Director and State Program Leader

I’ve said it once (or maybe 1000 times) and I will say it again – in 4-H, our youth are leaders today AND tomorrow. We are not training “the leaders of tomorrow”, our youth are leading today. They are engaged locally, regionally, state-wide, and at events on the national level in leadership roles.

Recently, Jamie Harris, Extension 4-H Specialist, developed a county based 4-H Ambassador program. This leadership opportunity, open to high school 4-H members in all of our 95 counties, is a designed to train youth locally to be better leaders and to serve as county 4-H ambassadors for the 4-H program. She has trained groups of 4-H members in each region. I am so impressed with the quality of this program, and cannot wait to see the great work these youth will do in their county 4-H program.

As leaders, it is important to receive training, resources, etc. to help each of us stay focused, relevant, and committed to our mission of helping others. As President John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”