Iowa 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador Program
Iowa 4-H is selecting Healthy Living Ambassadors for the 2020 program year. Youth in grades 9-12 passionate about the Healthy Living program priority area and interested in growing their leadership skills, learning more about health and wellness and willing to implement new strategies to improve health among youth, families and our communities across Iowa should apply!
4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors work as a team across Iowa to bring wellness initiatives to different communities across our state. They take part in online meetings and gather for a few weekend retreats to determine a common goal and work together on their plans for community programs they will implement. Review the roles and expectations of an ambassador below and if this interests you, we encourage you to apply!
Role of Healthy Living Ambassador
Ambassadors will be selected to represent an area of our state and will work with an adult mentor to determine a project, create an action plan, and implement that program to reach youth audiences with 6 or more hours of healthy living content. The topic of healthy living programming can range based on ambassador’s 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 the area of wellness they are most passionate about.
Expectations of an Ambassador:
- Complete trainings
- Monthly web calls
- Quarterly weekend retreats
- Attend the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit – February 13-16
- As part of this event, youth team will determine a project goal, and they are expected to follow through with this team plan by August 31.
- Ambassadors will be responsible for covering half of the trip expense.
- Deliver 6 hours or more of programming on Healthy Living topic to youth and/or families in their local community.
- Be a part of the planning team and help coordinate 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.
Pictured above: Katravia led Healthy Living activities and infused water at her County Fair, Tylar leading sugary beverages activity during his multi-day summer program, Hannah sharing county health rankings and survey results regarding youth health, and Gabby leading a demonstration on making a healthy snack.
How to apply for Healthy Living Ambassador Role
Qualifications to apply:
- Youth in grades 9-12
- Iowa 4-H member (if not yet enrolled, we can help you with this process)
- Significant interest in the Healthy Living program area
- Able to fulfill expectations of ambassador duties (listed above)
Apply online by end of day December 15.
National 4-H Healthy Living Summit
Ambassadors will represent Iowa 4-H at the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit this February 13-16. This four-day conference is held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland and will develop youth knowledge and skills in addressing today’s health related issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional wellbeing.
Youth will participate in a variety of workshops, learn from professionals in these related fields, and create action plans to implement projects to promote healthy living back home in their communities. The structure of the summit maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes. The youth leaders representing Iowa will share about their learning experiences with other youth upon their return.
Iowa 4-H will cover half of the trip expenses, but youth ambassadors will be responsible for the remaining amount.
Tentative Summit Trip Plan:
- The summit lasts from February 13-16, with travel dates estimated on February 12 and 17.
- Depart: Thursday, February 12
- Return: Monday, February 17
- Estimated cost for the trip is approximately $1,000.
- 4-H participants will be expected to cover $500 towards the trip, plus meals/souvenirs during travel.
- Iowa 4-H will cover remaining trip expenses.
- If cost is an issue, please contact Laura Liechty for scholarship opportunities.