California 4-H State Ambassador
The California 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.
Applications are now open for the 2016-2017 California 4-H State Ambassadors! Learn more.
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 2015-16 California State Ambassadors are an enthusiastic, active group!
State Ambassador I: Ashley Olson, Kings County; Brennen Reyna, Merced County; Jackie Penner, Santa Clara County; Katie Taylor, Fresno County; Laurel Nelson, San Mateo County; Steven Johnson, Imperial County; Trenton Baldwin, Monterey County
State Ambassador II: Lyle Glass, Solano County; Maryn Spangler, Tehama County
Service Learning Platform: Social and Emotional Health
Every year, the Ambassadors choose a platform to focus on for the year. This year selected Social and Emotional Health to be their Service Learning Platform. See what they've been up to:
Text, Talk, Act – The Ambassadors participated in this nationwide texting campaign to start discussions between teens on mental health issues.
- Encouraged California youth to join the conversation on November 10th through outreach on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Hosted discussion groups and about mental health.
Result: Their outreach and efforts successfully started over 80 conversations between teens on mental health issues. Because of their efforts, the Ambassadors won $1,000 for California 4-H! Read more about the fall 2015 Text, Talk, Act contest winners.
State Leadership Conference – The State Ambassadors have opened up volunteer opportunities on The Planning Team to help with all aspects of the conference, such as logistics and activities. The State Ambassadors are planning educational workshops, assemblies and a Healthy Living Event with a focus on their Service Learning Platform theme of Social and Emotional Health.
California Focus 2016 – Working in a youth-adult partnership, the Ambassadors will be presenting the educational sessions and serve as district and party leaders.
- The State Ambassadors represent 4-H at various partner events and meetings, such as the Farm Bureau and the Afterschool Alliance.
- The State Ambassadors helped with posting "unselfies" on social media to promote #GivingTuesday, a fundraising campaign with the California 4-H Foundation. The theme was #GivingConfidence. All donations to the California 4-H Foundation on Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2015) went to support the youth development programs in 4-H. Result: The California 4-H Foundation beat its fundraising goal and raised over $13,000 for 4-H!
California 4-H Ambassador receive many requests for presentations. This year, they have developed a menu of workshops that organizations both inside and outside of 4-H can request presentations on:
- Stress Management
- Public Speaking
- Youth-Adult Partnerships
- Civic Education