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Leadership Opportunities

Leadership opportunities may include an elected or appointed position, but it can also be serving on a committee or in some other decision-making group.  It can include learning about and experiencing something new and sharing that new knowledge with others as well.  

Global Citizenship Day

Global Citizenship Day at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA is a great opportunity for 4-H members to teach others about global citizenship and learn about different cultures.

Legislative Learning Event Resources

Theses legislative learning resources prepare youth for meeting with city, county, state or national legislators, or learning about civic engagement.

National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress is held each November in Atlanta, Georgia. For over one hundred years, National 4-H Congress has been a premiere nation-wide opportunity for 4-H members. National 4-H Congress is a five-day event that engages high school 4-H members in leadership, civic engagement, global awareness and inclusion. Youth who attend this event should have the opportunity to address public issues of concern to youth, and be encouraged to commit to an active role in their community.

2019-2020 State 4-H Council

The Iowa State 4-H Council is composed of approximately 40 energetic and positive high school juniors and seniors who act as ambassadors for 4-H.  One of their major responsibilities is planning the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference held in Ames, Iowa every June. 

State Project Area Awards

State project area awards are awarded to 4-H members who have demonstrated leadership, communication, and community involvement through activities, events and self-directed learning related to a specific project area.

Service Learning

Service-Learning is a strategy that integrates community needs, intentional learning objectives, and structured opportunities for reflection. Service-Learning projects take community service or volunteer projects to the next level by emphasizing both service and learning to create a more meaningful experience for youth. 


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