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4-H clover Youth leadership in 4-H

Minnesota 4-H offers numerous opportunities for our youth to learn and lead to make a difference in 4-H and their communities. These opportunities are offered at the local, regional, state and national level.

Contact your local 4-H office to learn about local and regional leadership opportunities.

Leadership opportunities

4-H'ers can use their skills in leadership, civic engagement, communication and teamwork in these programs.


Ambassadors are role models for other 4-H'ers and serve as positive representatives of Minnesota 4-H or a specific project area, like agriculture, shooting sports and wildlife and more.

Statewide service project

Participate in our yearly statewide service project to learn about a community issue and take steps to make a positive, collective impact.

4-H leadership events

Learn more about leadership and civic engagement by attending regional, state and national events. 

4-H Outdoor Wilderness Leadership and Service (OWLS) Program

This two-year adventure-based program is designed to provide youth in grades 6-11 with intensive hands-on exploration in the outdoors.

Scholarships and awards

There are scholarships and awards available to recognize your 4-H leadership.


Jacquie Lonning, civic engagement and leadership director

Reviewed in 2023

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