Working with Youth Committees

County Youth Committees are vital partners in fulfilling the mission of 4-H at the county level. Members are youth and adults from the county who are committed to taking an active role in the decision-making, planning, conducting and evaluating of county 4-H programs.

Program Governance: (4H 11) The mission of the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program is to empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. (PDF)


Youth Committee Handbook: (4-H 113) This handbook is a guide for both Extension staff and committee members as they consider their individual roles and the functions of the entire committee. Its intent is to encourage consistency in 4-H Youth Program Committees statewide. (PDF)

Getting Started with Your County 4-H Youth Committee!

Effective 4-H Advisory Groups - A Checklist for Success: Here is a checklist to determine what makes an advisory group effective. (PDF) 

Goals of 4-H Youth Committees or Advisory Groups: This checklist includes a list of goals that should be kept in mind when it comes to youth advisory groups and youth committees. (PDF)Youth Games

How to Work with Youth on 4-H Advisory Committees
:  There are a variety of things you can do when working with youth committees some of those include: schedule meetings when and where young people can attend and offer transportation to meetings and special events. Find a longer list of ways within this document.

Sample Position Description - 4-H Youth Development Program Committee

Bylaws Basics
: A set of bylaws provides the framework for the advisory group’s operation – Who, What, When, Where, Why.

Sample Bylaws

Membership and Member/Officer Training and Support

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