NMSU – 4-H Program Fosters Youth Growth and Leadership Statewide

NMSU – Each year a new group of young people are elected and selected to provide leadership within the 4-H program. These leaders are between 14 and 18 years old and come from all over New Mexico. They offer a diverse set of experiences that they share with young people in their community.

“The youth involved in club and county 4-H leadership team programs are also affected by the opportunities available to them,” said Cheryl Butterfield, 4-H officer in the Co-operative Extension Service. New Mexico State University.

This year’s New Mexico State 4-H leadership team includes Christopher Turner of Santa Fe County, president; Gavin Morrow of Union County, vice president; Kyleigh Kelley of Valencia County, Secretary; Cassidy Jimenez of Rio Arriba County, journalist; Alex Singer of Otero County, songwriter and recreation leader; Jenna Lopez of Quay County, Leadership Ambassador; and Addison Ullom of Santa Fe County, Cattle Ambassador.

After nearly two years of virtual programming, 4-H has started to return to in-person programming under state COVID-19 protocol. Some aspects of planning and scheduling have remained virtual, such as the 4-H promotional videos and monthly team zoom meetings.

“Being back in person has been very necessary and energizing for the youth and adults,” Butterfield said.

These leaders, along with the rest of the 4-H program, are responsible for planning and executing a variety of 4-H youth events across the state, including programs, workshops, sessions, community services, retreats and more. They also support their local communities by serving as 4-H advocates. Young leaders are required to attend a team building trip, as well as participate in various other trainings, events, and requests throughout the year from counties statewide. The state 4-H leadership team is encouraging 4-H youth to take this initiative and run for leadership roles at all levels.

4-H youth interested in positions on the State of New Mexico 4-H leadership team must complete an application with an essay and references as well as make a presentation to a panel of judges. The judges will then certify the candidates for a post and select the candidates for the ambassadorial post.

“Being part of the State of New Mexico 4-H leadership team provides young people with the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and discover new leadership opportunities,” said Butterfield.

Author: Nicole E. Drake

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