4-H Leadership Project

Jennifer Terrell, K-State Extension Agent

Submitted by Jennifer Terrell

4-H Leadership

In the leadership project, youth will learn how to bring out the best in themselves. Youth will learn about the skills it takes to be a leader such as: understanding themselves, communicating, getting along with others, learning, making decisions, plus managing and working with groups. The 4-H Program is a great opportunity for youth to master the skills of being a great leader with their club and community.

There is 4-H Curriculum that can be purchased for anyone interested in leadership project. Here is a breakdown of what youth can learn at different levels:

Ages 7-9

  • Determine what is important to you

  • Learn how others feel

  • Learn how to be responsible

  • Learn group cooperation

Ages 10-13

  • Participate in a trust walk

  • Learn to be accountable and dependable

  • Practice teamwork in achieving a goal

  • Learn meeting manners

Ages 14-18

  • Learn to accept differences in people 

  • Accept your own strengths and weaknesses

  • Develop and participate in an interview process

  • Identify different leadership styles

In addition to the curriculum, youth are also offered the opportunity to attend project meetings held by volunteers. Each year, youth are able to demonstrate their hard work locally at the county fair and depending on age and placing, the Kansas State Fair.

The leadership project is a great opportunity for youth to learn important life skills. For more information about this project, contact Jennifer K. Terrell, 4-H Youth Development for K-State Research and Extension – Southwind District at [email protected] or 620-244-3826.

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