For over 25 years, outstanding 4-H members have been serving as State 4-H Ambassadors. Once again, the Oklahoma State 4-H Ambassador program is looking for self-motivated, enthusiastic youth leaders to promote 4-H using the skills, knowledge and leadership abilities acquired in 4-H. Applications for State Ambassador are due March 15th.

Being chosen as a State 4-H Ambassador entails the acceptance of great responsibility and a total commitment to the Oklahoma State 4-H Ambassador program. We need individuals who are not afraid of people or work.

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

· Make 4-H more visible in your county and across the state of Oklahoma

· Maintain relations with 4-H alumni and supporters

· Help 4-H members tell the state and national 4-H story

ELIGIBILITY

Any youth currently involved in Oklahoma 4-H who is 13 years of age or older by March 15th, 2021

and still has at least one year of high school remaining is eligible to apply. Once selected a State 4-H Ambassador, one may remain an Ambassador through the end of their 4-H career in accordance with the Oklahoma 4-H Rules and Guidelines, as long as the Ambassador is in good standing.

EXPECTATIONS

The State 4-H Ambassador program is a time-intensive program and requires full participation to build relationships with team members, be in communication with 4-H donors and be prepared for State 4-H Ambassador events/activities.

Key expectations include:

· To uphold and abide by the Oklahoma 4-H Code of Conduct throughout the duration of their Ambassador career;

· To participate fully in all required State 4-H Ambassador activities;

· To serve as a positive role model and representative of all Oklahoma 4-H members;

· To actively promote inclusion and respect for diversity within 4-H programs;

· To be responsible for providing or arranging personal transportation to all activities/events; Transportation to and from events/activities is not the responsibility of extension educators;

· To be prompt in response to emails and/or phone calls from advisors and fellow Ambassadors.

KEY ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

State 4-H Ambassadors serve in a variety of key roles throughout the year. The following are the minimum expectations of participation:

· Attend mandatory meetings and/or events. Required meetings are for training, working projects and setting annual objectives. Mandatory meetings and events include full participation in: Ambassador Retreat, Leadership Team Retreat, State 4-H Roundup, Fall Ambassador meeting, Spring Ambassador meeting and Ambassador Selection Day. Missing required meetings will require make-up work and prior absence approval. Fall and Spring meetings are held on Sunday afternoons.

· The Ambassador Retreat and Leadership Team Retreat will be held the first full week of June. If a newly selected Ambassador cannot attend the retreat, they must forfeit their position.

· Travel when called upon to speak or provide support for the Oklahoma 4-H Program.

· Assume financial responsibility.

· Commit the time involved to reach objectives and participate in required activities/events.

KEY DATES FOR APPLICANTS

March 15, 2021 Hard-copy application must be postmarked

March 15, 2021 Electronic Application due by 11:59 p.m.

May 1, 2021 Selection Day; Oklahoma State University Campus

June 1-3, 2021 Ambassador Retreat and Leadership Team Retreat; Stillwater

**Events/activities maybe moved to virtual or offered through hybrid delivery during Covid-19.

For more information about this and other 4-H events and activities please give us a call at the office at 423-4120 or email me at greg.owen@okstate.edu.

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