Welcome to the 4-H Youth and Adult Leadership website

"Leadership" is "a broad concept related to the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations utilized by one or more persons in influencing, motivating, inspiring and otherwise causing desired actions and reactions by others." "Leadership development experiences" are similarly defined as "any learning experiences or background gained by individuals which facilitate the development of leadership."

Leadership and positive development occur when youth participate in intrinsically motivating activities taught by caring and competent adults, develop meaningful relationships with peers, and learn skills important for managing life situations. The 4-H program identifies short-term and intermediate results for individuals, families, and communities. These lead to long-term outcomes for young people.

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If just one person believes in you
Deep enough and strong enough
Believes in you hard enough and long enough
Before you know it, someone else would think, "If he can do it, I can do it."
Making it two.
Two whole people who believe in you.
And maybe even you can believe in yourself too.

-Robin and the Muppet Gang, from "It's Not Easy Being Green and Other Things to Consider"


Maryland 4-H State Council

Learn more about the Maryland 4-H State Council in the FAQ Sheet.

The Maryland 4-H State Council is the premier leadership opportunity in Maryland. It comprises active 4-H members from around the state interested in developing high-level leadership skills and representing their county 4-H program. State Council members have the opportunity to learn from each other, volunteers, and faculty/staff outside of their club and county. The State Council is led by a youth officer team and faculty/staff advisors. 

The Maryland 4-H State Council is led by the State Council Executive Committee, which includes:

Youth Officers

Maryland 4-H State Council President

About Ashlynn:  I have been an active 4-H member for the past nine years and have participated in a variety of activities, including ones held on a national and international level.  Currently, shooting sports is my primary 4-H activity, along with entering projects, showing livestock, and participating in various clubs and organizations. My hobbies include activities outdoors such as camping, hiking, and snowboarding. Next year, I hope to start the journey toward a degree in large animal sciences.

Maryland 4-H State Council Vice President

About Abby:  Hi, my name is Abby Worth. I am 15 years old and Homeschooled. I have been in 4-H for 10 years and this is my 3rd year on the Maryland 4-H State Council. Throughout my time in 4-H, I’ve held positions like Historian, Community Fair Queen, National Leadership trip Maryland Delegate, and I am currently the Vice-President of State Council. Outside of 4-H, I enjoy practicing Kendo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Archery, and Yoga, playing the drums, making Christmas Ornaments, baking, and learning WWI, WWII, and Aerospace history. I can’t wait for a wonderful year on State Council.

Maryland 4-H State Council Secretary

About Jayson: I am a hardworking and persistent individual that goes to Poolesville high school. I have been studying music since I was 6 and hoped to become a great musician one day. On top of that, I excel at math and am currently aiming to get into MIT.

Maryland 4-H State Council Treasurer

About Lydia: Hi, I am Lydia Vassiliadi, and I am an 11th grader in Allegany County. I love soccer, basketball, 4-H robotics, and science. In the past, I have been on various 4-H robotics teams, was selected as a "Young Woman in STEM" for Maryland Mentor, representing 4-H; and I worked to combat runoff in my area as part of the 4-H Runoff Raiders Club. It is my second year as Treasurer of the State Council, and I look forward to the new year!

4-H Professionals as advisors

4-H Professionals as advisors