Iowa 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors

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Iowa 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador Program

Iowa 4-H is selecting Healthy Living Ambassadors for the 2021 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. This years’ experience will take ambassadors on a journey through the 8 Dimensions of Wellness to increase their awareness of health in from a holistic lens. Youth ambassadors will be introduced to topics related to public health with a mission to address hunger, food insecurity, and forming healthy habits on a limited budget.

The ambassador role description and registration form will be posted on August 15th.

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 2021
    • 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 8 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
  • Significant interest in the Healthy Living program area
  • Able to fulfill expectations of ambassador duties (listed above)

National 4-H Healthy Living Summit

Ambassadors will represent Iowa 4-H at the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit this February. 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.