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.

Members are selected through an application and interview process. The youth meet 4 times during the year in central Iowa for weekend retreats. They get to know each other through team building activities, planning conference, promoting 4-H, helping to ensure funding for 4-H programs, and forming 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 submitting a one-page cover letter and a one-page resume. 4-H Members can apply in January, 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.
  • 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 and in the sidebar on this page.