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.
Members are selected from their extension areas through an application and interview process. The youth meet 4 times during the year at the State 4-H Camping Center. They get to know each other through team building activities, plan conference, promote 4-H, help to ensure funding for 4-H programs, and form friendships that last a lifetime.
The Iowa State 4-H Council members also serve as ambassadors for 4-H, often meeting with county councils and 4-H groups in their local areas. The State Fair, state 4-H events, and leadership workshops also keep the council active.
Members of the State 4-H Council in partnership with the State 4-H Youth Development staff to plan, conduct, and evaluate the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. The conference is held on the ISU Campus.
How to Apply
- Participants are selected through “State 4-H Recognition Day.” This process includes a written application of five essay questions, submission of a one-page resume, and a panel interview. 4-H Members can apply November 15-February 1, and winners are announced in April.
- Applicants must be in grade 10-11 at the time of application.
- Terms will be from the upcoming June through July of the following year.
- Applicants may only apply for either SESS Ambassador or State 4-H Council Member in any given year.
- Youth may apply a second year if requirements are met.
- A maximum of 60 interviews will be scheduled for this opportunity, candidates will be selected through the written application round.
- Information, support and resources for the application process can be found on the State 4-H Recognition Day webpage.
Meet Your 2019-2020 State 4-H Council Members
Front L-R: Ella, Carly
Not Pictured: Viatris
Front L-R: Rebekah, Emily, Liliana, Holly, HannahJo
Not Pictured: Lauren
Front L-R: Paige, Abby, Kristina, Michelle, Annie
Not Pictured: Sarah
Front L-R: Emily, Lindsey, Gabby
Not Pictured: Justin, Storm, Emma
Front L-R: Abe, Theresa
Not Pictured: Ellie