4-H members are encouraged to build leadership and citizenship into any and all projects. 4-H members use what they have learned to teach and to serve others. In addition to gaining valuable experience, this process allows 4-H members to reflect on the scope and impact of what they have learned.
Even young Cloverbud (ages 5-8) members can gain leadership experience by learning to recite and lead the 4-H pledge, presenting a "show and tell" to their club members on a favorite toy or book, or by decorating and riding on a 4-H float in a parade.
As 4-H members progress, activities should advance, as well.
4-H members "learn by doing." 4-H members learn by leading. Here are some activities that offer experience to build skills in leadership.
4-H Teen (ages 14-19) Ambassadors use their leadership, citizenship and communication skills to actively educate the public about South Carolina 4-H. Ambassadors also serve as trainers and leaders at local and state 4-H events. Members apply and submit a resume' in order to attend the annual 4-H Ambassador Training event usually held in the Columbia area.
4-H members should present demonstrations or speeches to their club. Because 4-H members often research projects that are beneficial to others, they should offer themselves as guest speakers at school or community functions, as well. Suggested topics:
Junior Leadership Orangeburg: Annually, the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce and 4-H host a series of tours and workshops designed to establish a sense of place, responsibility, and motivate high school juniors to begin exploration of careers and education available in Orangeburg County. For more information, contact the Chamber at 534-6821 or the 4-H office.
In 4-H Citizenship Projects, members build on their knowledge and skill base to serve effectively in public service roles.
Here are some suggestions for building a 4-H Citizenship Project.
State 4-H Leadership and Citizenship Events and Activities
Senior Teen Weekend
State Teen Council
Public Speaking Contest