University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program

California 4-H State Ambassadors

Apply to be a 2020-2021 State Ambassador

We are looking for 4-H youth to be part of our 2020-2021 State Ambassador team!

Go to our Application Page to learn more about what is expected from State Ambassadors, how to apply, and more.

Applications are open until January 6, 2020.

Being part of the California 4-H State Ambassador Program is a working honor that provides these special 4-H members expanded opportunities to serve and promote the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program.

The 4-H State Ambassador position is one of the highest service opportunities and recognition attainable in the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program.

2019-2020 State Ambassadors

Bottom row (l-r): Kari McMann, Alameda County; Philip Minnick, Imperial County; Ashley Jordan, Santa Clara County

Second row: Emily Hegland, Sacramento County; Maya Prunty, Solono County

Standing and top (l-r): Juanita Ortiz, Imperial County; Whitney Barnett, Sacramento County; Dustin Geringer, Santa Clara County


State Ambassador Advisors 2019-20

Our Advisors are adult volunteers who work in a youth-adult partnership with the State Ambassadors to develop their educational platform and workshops. They help the State Ambassadors develop vital skills in facilitation, communication and goal setting so they can experience a successful State Ambassador term.

L-R: Cole Breck, Lyle Glass, Bobbi Jean Berken


State Ambassador Mentors 2019-20

Our Mentors are recent State Ambassador 4-H Alumni who will help guide the State Ambassadors through their educational platform and workshop development. Mentors will support our State Ambassadors throughout their term.

L-R: Maura Sparrevohn, Addy Rubin



California 4-H Ambassador Coordinator

Jenna Colburn
Jenna Colburn is the main contact for the California 4-H State Ambassador program. She oversees the development of the team throughout the year and manages the travel, communications and schedules for State Ambassador programming. Many of the State Ambassadors who have served with Jenna continue serving in 4-H as volunteers statewide and nationally:

For questions about the State Ambassador program, please contact Jenna at or 530-750-1336


Service Learning Platform

2019-20 State Ambassadors team

Every year, the Ambassadors choose a platform to focus on for the year.

2019-2020 State Ambassador Platform

Provide training to strengthen leadership skills using social networking, communication skills and goal setting to help youth plan for their future.

"Through teaching networking, communication, and goal setting we will prepare youth to lay the foundation for their success in life. We are passionate about this platform because the 4-H Program has positively affected all of our lives. We want members to experience the same opportunities that we have been given and more. We will make this possible by giving them the necessary tools to help them succeed in their future."

This is their underlying theme as they support and represent California 4-H in the following ways:


This year the Ambassadors will have many opportunities to advocate for California 4-H.

Mentors holding GivingTuesday photo props

#GivingTuesday - December 3, 2019


State Leadership Conference – The State Ambassadors work with The Planning Team to help with all aspects of this statewide conference. The State Ambassadors also plan some of the educational workshops and assemblies with a focus on their Service Learning Platform theme.



State Ambassadors with CA4HGrown photo frame

The State Ambassadors are often invited to make presentations and represent 4-H at various partner events and meetings, such as the Farm Bureau and the Afterschool Alliance. See the list of State Ambassador Workshops that you can request for your event or meeting.



The California 4-H Ambassadors lead interactive workshops at state, national, and Area events. See the list of State Ambassador Workshops.



As state leaders, the California 4-H Ambassadors encourage leadership growth by supporting and participating in events such as the State Leadership Conference and the Area Youth Summits.



The State Advisory Committees have California 4-H Ambassadors serving as a committee member or task force member so they can make recommendations from the youth perspective.


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