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4-H provides hands-on leadership

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Throughout their 4-H career, young people have ample opportunities to learn and experience leadership. 

Some of the hands-on leadership opportunities come in the form of officer positions available to 4-H’ers at the county, district and state levels. 

4-H offers clubs in many different interest areas. 

Some 4-H’ers first leadership experience is being a club officer at the county level. It is here that youth learn how to plan and run a meeting.

As 4-H’ers build on their leadership skills, they also have the opportunity to run for district and state-level club officer positions. 

In addition to club officers, young people who attend the 4-H Teen Conference annually elect state 4-H officers.  These officers are senior 4-H’ers who serve as 4-H ambassadors to the state. 

State officers have many responsibilities including planning meetings, chairing committees, leading trainings, presiding over the State 4-H Teen Council and planning and conducting the annual Teen Conference.  They also speak at public events for civic groups and other organizations on behalf of Kentucky 4-H.

State officers beginning their year of service to 4-H are:

* President: Ryan Halligan, Franklin County: He has been a 4-H’er for eight years and served on the Franklin County 4-H Teen Council and the State 4-H Teen Council.

* Vice President: Josh Robinett, Lawrence County: He has participated in a variety of 4-H activities and has received state and national recognition on the poultry judging team.

* Secretary: McKenzie Gearheart, Pike County: She credits 4-H with helping her grow personally and professionally and develop leadership skills. 

* Treasurer: Savhanna Pearson, Adair County: A 4-H member for 10 years, she has participated in a variety of 4-H activities and has traveled to national conference and across the United States through 4-H.

For more information about officer positions at the county, district and state levels, contact Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service. 

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.