CONTRIBUTED BY ACES
BY 4-H / KATIE NICHOLS
Calling all high school sophomore, junior and senior 4-H members: Alabama 4-H ambassador applications are now open. Joy Scott, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System 4-H leadership specialist, said she is excited to start the search for new ambassadors to represent Alabama 4-H over the next school year.
“Representing 4-H and the state of Alabama, while also doing your part for the community, is an opportunity many students do not get,” Scott said.
In order to apply, enrolled members must be 14 years old by Jan. 1 of the starting term year. To become an Alabama 4-H ambassador, members must submit an application and resume through 4HOnline by May 1, 2023. Selected members will interview May 22 at the Alabama 4-H Center and May 23 at Auburn University.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A 4-H AMBASSADOR
4-H ambassadors are the face of Alabama 4-H. Supporting 4-H while carrying out its vision and educating people on the mission, are only a few things that make up a great ambassador.
Alabama 4-H ambassadors get the unique experience of furthering their communication and leadership skills at a young age. All ambassadors demonstrate the ability to work well with others and communicate effectively with their peers and adults. They also come together to plan activities and fun events throughout the year.
“This opportunity is like none other,” said Witt Bell, a 4-H state ambassador from Shelby County. “This past year, I have met amazing friends from across the state, learned important real-world skills and have had a ton of fun along the way.”
Many students feel rewarded when they see the events and meetings they planned come together. The growth high school students undergo within the 4-H program helps shape them into the next group of leaders in Alabama.
“I love being a 4-H ambassador because I love to tell my 4-H story in hopes to impact other people’s lives and encourage them to want to become ambassadors as well,” said Abbi Kate Ogilvie, a 4-H state ambassador from Randolph County. “I really recommend applying if you are given the opportunity.”
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to become an Alabama 4-H state ambassador. For more information on the ambassador responsibilities and meeting dates, see the Alabama Extension publication “Alabama 4-H Ambassadors” available at www.aces.edu. Looking to be further involved in 4-H? Visit www.Alabama4H.com or reach out to your county Extension office to learn about local clubs, activities and opportunities.