Iowa 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador Program

4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors work as a team, bringing wellness initiatives to communities across Iowa. Selected participants will be immersed in a community health and wellness learning experience addressing issues such as hunger and food insecurity, nutrition and physical health, and mental well-being. This opportunity is offered through State 4-H Recognition Day.

  • Applicants must be in grade 9-11 at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in 4-H.
  • Up to 10 applicants will be selected.
  • Term will be the upcoming August through the August of the following year.
  • Ambassadors may be selected to attend the following year’s National 4-H Ignite event during their term of service. Availability and cost will be dependent on funding.
  • A maximum of 18 interviews will be scheduled for this opportunity, candidates will be selected through the written application round.

Role of Healthy Living Ambassador

Ambassadors will work with an adult mentor to determine a project, create an action plan, and implement that program to reach youth audiences with Iowa 4-H healthy living education. The topic of healthy living programming can range based on ambassadors' interest, but most programming will revolve around the issue of food access in our communities and teaching youth and families about nutrition and cooking skills. There will be opportunities to integrate other topics related to wellness like mental, social, emotional, environmental, and financial well-being.

Ambassadors will be trained in this role and will utilize resources and guidance from 4-H staff and experts in the field. While there are specific expectations, youth leaders are encouraged to tie in wellness they are most passionate about.

Expectations of an Ambassador:

  • Meet virtually approximately monthly.
  • Quarterly weekend retreats may be held in a central location.
  • The team will determine a project goal to reach by August 31 of the following year.
  • Be a part of the planning team and host 4-H Healthy Living Day at the State Fair in August.
  • Embody the role of Healthy Living Ambassador to be a voice in your community advocated for healthy changes.