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Minnesota 4-H has many opportunities to build leadership skills. Among them are the ambassador program opportunities for teens.

Local ambassadors

Minnesota local 4-H ambassadors are youth in grades 7 through one year past high school who want to make a difference in 4-H and in their communities. Local 4-H ambassadors use their skills in leadership, civic engagement, communication and teamwork to promote 4-H, plan events, guide younger youth and serve their communities. Specific roles of local 4-H ambassadors may vary from county/tribal nation. Contact your local 4‑H office to learn more about these programs in your area.  

State ambassadors

For over 50 years, the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador program has offered leadership and civic engagement to 4-H members and their communities through service, promotion and education across the state. Ambassadors are role models for other 4-H'ers and they serve as positive representatives of the Minnesota 4-H program. They represent a diverse group of 4-H projects, programs and areas of the state. 

Meet the state ambassadors

Statewide service project

Each year, the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors select a service theme to engage all Minnesota 4-H youth in learning about a community issue and taking steps to make a positive, collective impact. The theme is determined by input collected from youth at leadership conferences, 4-H staff across the state and the state ambassadors. 

Learn more about the service project

Upcoming events

How to become a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador


Project area ambassadors

Agriculture ambassadors

From plants to livestock, this dedicated team of youth serve as positive representatives for agriculture and the Minnesota 4-H program. Agriculture ambassadors work as a team to promote agriculture and 4-H in a positive way. 

Applications are open from Aug. 1-31. Terms can be one or two years. Youth must be in grades 10-13, a 4-H member and willing to spread the word of 4-H and agriculture. Applicants will be selected and notified in September. The term of a 4-H Agriculture Ambassador runs from Oct. 1 - Sept. 30.


Brian McNeill, mcnei006@umn.edu, 320-589-1711, extension 2131

Meet the ag ambassadors

Pollinator habitat ambassadors

Pollinator habitat ambassadors will have the opportunity to learn about pollinators and pollinator habitats, identify and explore a pollinator interest focus area, and put knowledge into practice.

Find more information about pollinator habitat ambassadors.


Patrick Jirik, pjirik@umn.edu, 507-258-8780

Shooting Sports & Wildlife (SS&W) ambassadors

Ambassadors promote and enhance the 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Project, strive to build confidence and promote new experiences.

Find more information about SS&W leadership opportunities.


Nicole Pokorney, pokorney@umn.edu, 507-259-4648


Contact the civic engagement and leadership advisory team

This group of adults works with the state ambassadors throughout the year to help guide, teach and facilitate events and activities that the ambassadors host and attend. There is a civic engagement and leadership team member in each region of the state.

Main contact: mn4h-stateambieadvisors@umn.edu, 612-624-9117

Meg Clark, state ambassador coordinator

Jacquie Lonning, civic engagement and leadership director

Reviewed in 2020

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