Leadership and Civic Engagement programs work to engage youth through experiences that connect to their lives and respond to their interests. 4-H programs develop skills in leadership, service, career readiness, and cultural awareness through meaningful opportunities and relationships throughout their club, community, country, and world.

global citizenship

Global Citizenship engages young people in developing and sharing understanding with others so that they can be responsible and knowledgeable global citizens.


Ricochet uses adventure and experience to help middle school students build leadership skills as they develop a project to help their community.

state 4-H youth council

The Iowa State 4-H Council members serve as ambassadors for 4-H in their communities and around the state. They also provide leadership for statewide projects.

international programs

Through 4-H international programs, young people will have the opportunity to build global citizenship as they connect with others around the world or travel abroad.

legislative day

At IECA and 4-H Legislative Day, extension council members and senior-level 4-H members to learn about and experience the legislative process.

recognition opportunities

Through State 4-H Recognition Day, 4-H members use college and career readiness skills to apply for leadership opportunities and National 4-H event trips.

youth conference

The Iowa 4-H Youth Conference hosts 900 teenagers at ISU for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, and community service activities.