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With preparation, youth can identify leadership opportunities and accept the challenges. When you Ricochet you're on the move. You're full of energy. You're unpredictable. But, you're ready for whatever comes your way. That's the sign of a true leader.

About Ricochet


Leadership is for you . . . It's not just for "the chosen few." Ricochet your way to becoming a leader.

  • You'll learn skills and make an impact. Make a choice -- share your voice!
  • Have fun with friends.
  • Find the power in you -- the power of YOUTH.
  • Make a difference NOW.

Get ready for Ricochet! This program will help you change your life and your community today!


Ricochet: An Extreme Leadership Adventure is a middle school leadership initiative created and sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Iowa 4-H.

To Ricochet means to move round -- with a lot of energy -- and be unpredictable . . . sort of like middle school youth. they bounce from one thing to the next -- trying on different roles -- as they find their place in the world.

Something else you can't predict: when opportunities for youth leadership will arise. But you can help prepare youth to become leaders. Help them be ready to accept the leadership opportunities that come their way.

Ricochet uses adventure and experience to bring about learning. Kids will learn by doing things themselves. You can help them build their leadership skills, as they get involved in a REAL project that their community needs.

You can use the materials on this website as you Ricochet in your community. Additional materials are available for purchase from the ISU Extension online store. (View samples.)

Would you like to host a training?  

If you think you can gather 12 or more people to learn about Ricochet, we'd love to come to you!
We'll tailor the training to your needs, your time, your experience!
Contact: Lisa Berkland for more information.


We recommend utilizing the Leadership and Civic Engagement blocks for this program when utilizing the Common Measures evaluation tool. Iowa 4-H state or county program staff may request a paper and/or digital common measures survey for the delivery of this program by filling out this online request form.