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"

Resources

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. 

 

 

General Membership Application Process

Eligibility Any active Maryland 4-H youth age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the upcoming program year) may apply to be on the Maryland 4-H State Council. Membership is verified through 4-H Online.
Submission Deadline November 15
Application Package

General Membership Information Packet

Submission Portal

4-H Online - Under Events      

How to Apply for a Leadership Opportunity Help Guide

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Notification December 15


State Council Informational Flyer

State Council Brochure
 

The youth officer team positions include President, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President for Planning and Outreach, Vice President for Public Issues, Vice President for Service, and Vice President for Public Relations. 

The faculty/staff advisors are all UME 4-H employees either serving in the county or state positions and include Council Coordinator, Advisor for Planning and Outreach, Advisor for Public Issues, Advisor for Service, and Advisor for Public Relations.

The Maryland 4-H State Council is the premier 4-H leadership opportunity in Maryland.

2021 Maryland 4-H State Council officers.

President: Lindsey, Harford County

Treasurer: Jordon, Montgomery County

Secretary: Abhi, Montgomery County

Public Relations VP: Patrick, Montgomery County

Service VP: Grace, Montgomery County

Public Issues VP: Catherine, Allegany County

Planning & Outreach VP: Ashlyn, Carroll County

Follow us on social media on Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter @MD4Hcouncil 

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Maryland4HStateCouncil

Contact us at:

State Council: maryland4hstatecouncil@gmail.com

State Council Coordinator (Jamie Morris): jkenton@umd.edu

 

National 4-H Leadership Opportunities

Youth on a national trip holding the Maryland state flag


The Maryland 4-H Program is proud to offer senior 4-H members the opportunity to participate in Leadership Trips at the National Level. All enrolled and dues-paying club members ages 14-18 (as of January 1st, the year the trip takes place) from all counties and Baltimore City are eligible to submit an application and portfolio packet (see instructions below) for any of the following national leadership trips. To be considered a Leadership Trip, a 4-H member must complete a portfolio package that includes an application, 4-H resume, essay, and interview.

Trips Requirements Deadlines
National 4-H Conference (April)

Submit your Senior 4-H Portfolio for consideration through 4-H Online   (Event Registration).
Senior 4-H Portfolio includes a

 All candidates will also participate in an Interview.

State Deadline:  October 15th

The local 4-H Program may set an earlier deadline.

National 4-H Leadership Trips

Submit your Senior 4-H Portfolio for consideration through 4-H Online   (Event Registration).

Senior 4-H Portfolio includes a

 All candidates will also participate in an Interview.

State Deadline:  January 15th

The local 4-H Program may set an earlier deadline.

 

Information Flyer 

Senior Portfolio Process Informational flyer

How to Apply for a Leadership Opportunity Help Guide

Links to helpful resources

2022 Senior Essay Question:

Explain how 4-H has helped you develop leadership skills and become a leader in your local 4-H program, your community, and for the future.

Leadership Events

Bowl Teams 

4-H provides numerous opportunities for members to focus on a specific subject while having fun competing on a bowl team.  4-H bowls are patterned after "College Bowl" and "It's Academic" television shows.  Most bowl teams compete with others their same age.  There are usually five members on a bowl team, with four competing and one as an alternate.  Typically county winners advance to regional contests, and regional winners advance to state contests.  There are currently bowl contests for nutrition, horses, livestock, and dogs.

Citizenship Washington Focus

Is a national 4-H event held at the National 4-H Center during June and July.  This excellent week-long event is open to high school-age youth, not just 4-H'ers.  Those attending CWF will increase their leadership skills, gain a much broader understanding of citizenship, learn a great deal about their nation's capital and the federal government and have 4-H Council's Web Page at http://www.fourhcouncil.edu

Club Officers 

4-H clubs elect a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and reporter.  Other officers, who may be elected or appointed, can include committee chairs (program, telephone, health, safety, conservation, etc.), song leaders, game leaders, and sergeant of arms.  Officers usually serve for one year. 

Exchange, Interstate

This is a popular activity for older 4-H'ers and adults.   Maryland counties that are interested in exchange will respond and begin the process of planning dates, activities, etc.  Maryland usually receives many requests for exchanges because of our proximity to Washington, DC, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.  The typical exchange involves 8 to 12 teens and

two or more adults who visit another state one summer, staying in the homes of host 4-H families for about a week and then hosting the 4-H'ers they stayed with the following summer.  In some cases, both ends of the exchange take place the same summer. 

IFYE

The International Four-H Youth Exchange (the "F" originally stood for farm) provides an opportunity for 4-H'ers from around the world to visit another country to learn about other lifestyles and cultures and to spread goodwill and understanding.  There are several different options and lengths of stay, six weeks to six months being common. 

National 4-H Conference

This event is held at the National 4-H Center in the spring and is attended by some of the top 4-H'ers in the nation.  At National 4-H Conference, teen delegates take the lead by serving on consulting groups to make recommendations for the future d Activities include a visit to Capitol Hill and a meeting with their senator or representative.

State 4-H Leaders Association

This volunteer’s association allows volunteer leaders from all over the state to network and share successful ideas.  The group provides and supports statewide volunteer training and serves in an advisory capacity to the State 4-H Leader and State 4-H Specialists. Membership will be open to all adult 4-H volunteers. 

Maryland 4-H State Council 

Maryland 4-H State Council is a group of teen leaders working to "Make the Best Better" through leadership and civic engagement in their communities, counties, and state.  Council membership is open to all Maryland 4-Hers ages 13-18, and each county/city 4-H Unit is urged to have at least one representative to the 4-H State Council.  The Council comprises four committees that direct the Council's activities & events:  Planning & Outreach, Public Issues, Public Relations, and Service.   The State Council actively participates in public education about a chosen youth issue at Maryland Day and the Maryland State Fair and plans. It leads local and statewide 4-H activities in observance of National 4-H Week.  The State Council plans and hosts Maryland's signature teen leadership event, the Maryland 4-H Congress, on the summer's University of Maryland campus.  Application for State 4-H Council is made in November for the coming year; teens elected to State Council serve one-year terms and must re-apply for membership each year. 

Maryland 4-H Congress

Maryland 4-H Congress is the state's premier teen leadership opportunity.  Held on the University of Maryland, "M4HC" gives 4-Hers ages 13-18 the opportunity to explore career opportunities in a variety of areas and to experience life on a college campus.  Youth attending Maryland 4-H Congress live in campus residence halls and eat-in dining halls, enjoy campus recreational activities and attend workshops and tours in campus classrooms, labs, and facilities.  Participants have the chance to meet and make friends with fellow 4-Hers from across the state, discover career opportunities, perform community service, and learn skills that help them prepare for college and workforce readiness.  Registration for Maryland 4-H Congress occurs in late spring, and the event is held in the summer.

Wonders of Washington (WOW)

National 4-H Council provides this "ultimate Washington experience" for youth groups (students in grades 6 - 12) of 25 or more.  Two and six-day programs are available.  Lodging is provided at the National 4-H Center.  WOW includes field trips and workshops highlighting the historical, political, and cultural attractions of Washington, DC.  Call National 4-H Council at 1 800 368-7432 for more information.

Leadership Projects

Citizenship and Civic Education:

Citizenship Adventure Kit

Citizenship Guide's Handbook

Service Learning:

Service Learning 1: Agents of Change

Service Learning 2: Raise Your Voice

Service Learning: Helper's Guide

Leadership:

Step Up To Leadership - My Journal

Step Up To Leadership - My Portfolio 

Step Up To Leadership - My Workbook  

Citizenship and Civic Education:

Citizenship Adventure Kit: Designed to engage youth in changing a piece of the public world, discovering the possibilities of democratic citizenship, and building a commitment to taking action in new and exciting ways.

Citizenship Guide's Handbook: Designed to engage youth in changing the public world, discovering possibilities of democratic citizenship & building commitment to taking action in new and exciting ways. Plan a project that will create, change, or improve.

Service Learning:

Service Learning 1: Agents of Change: Appropriate for Middle School-aged audience. Youth become "Special OPPortunities Agents" as they follow a series of exciting activities that engage youth in their community & allow them to reflect on their experiences.

Service Learning 2: Raise Your Voice: A no-nonsense guide for older youth introduces service-learning as an empowering learning vehicle for young leaders. Voices of real young people engaged in service inspire and enable youth to identify with others.

Service Learning: Helper's Guide: Offers leaders group service-learning activities like community mapping, identifying group roles, and teaching journaling. Offers advice tailored to help mentors seeking to lead youth through enriching learning experiences.

Leadership:

Step Up To Leadership - My Journal: All activities offer a cross-cultural perspective. Young children & teens can lead in many ways - at home, in clubs, youth groups, school & the community. The fun continues with an interactive website to enhance & support learning.

Step Up To Leadership - My Portfolio: All activities offer a cross-cultural perspective. Young children & teens can lead in many ways – at home, in clubs, youth groups, school & the community. The fun continues with an interactive website to enhance & support learning.

Step Up To Leadership - My Workbook: All activities offer a cross-cultural perspective. Young children & teens can lead in many ways - at home, in clubs, youth groups, school & the community. The fun continues with an interactive website to enhance & support learning.

Teen Resources

Leadership

It is a part of every 4-H
4-H member is involved in at least one of the more than 200 projects offered in Maryland. 4-H’ers will spend approximately half their time in each project learning the subject matter to which the project relates, and the other half in leadership development, citizenship development, career education, and preparation for the workforce

4-H Leadership Projects

4-H projects are planned experiences in which youth develop knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations related to a specific topic. The Maryland 4-H leadership curriculum currently includes projects which are being updated, and new leadership projects are in development.

4-H Club Officer And Committee Systems

4-H is a group experience in which members gain leadership knowledge, aspiration, skills, and attitudes through real-life responsibilities as officers and committee members. Resources and training are available in the University of Maryland 4-H Youth Development program to maintain and strengthen officer and committee systems.

4-H Camp Counselor Opportunities

Teens develop advanced leadership abilities by serving as 4-H camp counselors, peer helpers, and other capacities.

4-H Teen Board Members

By serving on local, state, and national 4-H boards and representing 4-H on the boards of partner organizations, 4-H teens gain real-life leadership experiences. Resources and training are available from the University of Maryland 4-H Youth Development program to maintain and strengthen 4-H teen boardsmanship and governance opportunities.

National & International 4-H Leadership

Teens represent Maryland 4-H through many national and international leadership opportunities each year. Maryland 4-H professionals and volunteers work with these teens to prepare them for success before, during, and after their experiences.

Maryland 4-H State Council 

Maryland 4-H State Council is a group of teen leaders working to "Make the Best Better" through leadership and civic engagement in their communities, counties, and state.  Council membership is open to all Maryland 4-Hers ages 13-18, and each county/city 4-H Unit is urged to have at least one representative to the 4-H State Council.  The Council comprises four committees that direct the Council's activities & events:  Planning & Outreach, Public Issues, Public Relations, and Service.   The State Council actively participates in public education about a chosen youth issue at Maryland Day and the Maryland State Fair and plans. It leads local and statewide 4-H activities in observance of National 4-H Week.  The State Council plans and hosts Maryland's signature teen leadership event, the Maryland 4-H Congress, on the summer's University of Maryland campus.  Application for State 4-H Council is made in November for the coming year; teens elected to State Council serve one-year terms and must re-apply for membership each year. 

Maryland 4-H Congress

Maryland 4-H Congress is the state's premier teen leadership opportunity.  Held on the University of Maryland, "M4HC" gives 4-Hers ages 13-18 the opportunity to explore career opportunities in a variety of areas and to experience life on a college campus.  Youth attending Maryland 4-H Congress live in campus residence halls and eat-in dining halls, enjoy campus recreational activities and attend workshops and tours in campus classrooms, labs, and facilities.  Participants have the chance to meet and make friends with fellow 4-Hers from across the state, discover career opportunities, perform community service, and learn skills that help them prepare for college and workforce readiness.  Registration for Maryland 4-H Congress occurs in late spring, and the event is held in the summer.

Volunteer Resources

Be a 4-H volunteer; 4-H provides the opportunity to share your talents and time to help youth develop as they follow a positive path to their future. Research shows young people significantly benefit from having caring adults in their lives.  Do you have time to de that person?  Do you like robotics, GPS, engineering, scrapbooking, cooking, gardening, dog care, financial management, leadership, or woodworking? These are just some of all the wonderful things to do in 4-H. It's not just a program for farm kids. You can commit to volunteer at my levels; some opportunities are short-term, and others can last longer – it really is up to you.

4-H needs:

Club leaders--organizational leaders who guide the local 4-H clubs.

Project leaders--volunteers who have skills or talents they want to share with young people.  This is an excellent way to set your own schedule to work with young people. Help them develop a passion for the things you are interested in--like woodworking, caring for an animal, robotics, cooking, sewing, and a whole lot more. Resource leaders--people who can only make a short-term commitment but want to help out – at camps, fairs, clinics, or other ways.

Parent helpers of all kinds.

Short Term leaders--people who can only make a short-term commitment but want to help out – at camps, fairs, clinics, or other ways.

Maryland 4-H Volunteer Association