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.

Iowa 4-H Fighting Hunger

The 2020-21 State 4-H Council is leading a statewide effort to collect 10,000 non-perishable food items throughout the month of November, for local food pantries, churches, etc. across the state. You can donate your food items to your local county extension office between November 2 and December 18.

“We wanted to give back not only to the state of Iowa but to individual communities, especially with the uncertainty of this year. We want to make sure that everyone has enough food for the holidays,” said Holly Schmitt, state council member from Winneshiek County.

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Statewide food donation total: 21, 771

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.
  • 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.

Application Questions

Watch the application instructions video before preparing your application. A form is not required. You may copy and paste, or type, these questions into any document, and save as a PDF for uploading to your application in 4HOnline. Please use 12pt font or larger. You may use any word processing program, any size margins, double- or single-spaced lines. Your final document with all questions addressed must not be longer than 2 pages.

  1. What do you hope to gain from the experience of being on the State 4-H Council? What do you see as your potential contributions to the group?
  2. What does leadership mean to you? Provide one or more examples of how you demonstrate leadership in your home, school, 4-H club, church, or community.
  3. Civic Engagement is the opportunity, right, and responsibility we have to contribute to shaping the world around us and providing service to others. Give an example of your activities in civic engagement, and how this has positively impacted your personal development.
  4. Share a time when you faced a challenge or conflict. Tell us how you approached that situation, and what lesson(s) you learned from that experience.
  5. Regardless of how many or how few years you’ve been a part of 4-H, please explain how your 4-H experiences have helped you reach your personal goals. Explain how you think these experiences may benefit you in your future endeavors.

Meet Your 2020-2021 State 4-H Council Members



Front (L-R) Ella H., Brayden W.
Back (L-R) Grace J., Jake L., Dillon H., Emma A.

North Central

north central

(L-R) Aneisha S., Hannah L., Tianna C., Kelsie K.,
Cecelia H., Rebekah C.



(L-R) Paige R., Regan P., Logan P., Jake M.,
Logan B., Aliza W., Kristina G.
Not pictured: Michelle A., Cadence K.



(L-R) Britt B., Madison C., Ellyse H., Josiah W.,
Roy C., Jorge B., Ashley Y., Jayce R.



Front (L-R) Natalie M., Holly S.
Back (L-R) Diana D., Julia D.



Front (L-R) Austen D., Chloe B., Lindsey J.
Back (L-R) Claire H., Noah J., Justin W., Emily P.