South Dakota 4-H seeks State 4-H Ambassadors

SDSU Extension
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — The South Dakota 4-H Youth Development Program has officially rolled out the new State 4-H Ambassador Program designed to expand leadership opportunities for teens.

“For years South Dakota 4-H Youth Council provided leadership opportunities through event facilitation. This new 4-H Ambassador program includes these same opportunities, and so much more,” said Hilary Risner, SDSU Extension Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor who is also co-advisor of the State 4-H Ambassador program along with Amber Erickson, SDSU Extension 4-H youth development field operations coordinator.

South Dakota teens ages 14 to 18, who are currently enrolled in 4-H, are encouraged to apply. Applications can be accessed on at:

Applications are due Aug. 10 to the following address: SDSU Extension Rapid City Regional Center, Attn: Hilary Risner, 711 N. Creek Rd., Rapid City, SD 57703.

Through the State 4-H Ambassador Program, teens will gain hands-on leadership development experiences. The program will offer more opportunities to South Dakota teens because it is designed to engage youth in leadership development through all four 4-H program priority areas, including:

• Ag-vocacy.

• Leadership.

• Health and wellness.

• Science.

State 4-H Ambassadors will be expected to develop a customized action plan with their ambassador advisor. This action plan will outline leadership milestones they hope to achieve and 4-H activities they will take a leadership role in.

For more specifics about the roles of a State 4-H Ambassador, visit the State 4-H Ambassador Job description on at:

To learn more about this opportunity, visit with your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor or contact Amber Erickson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator at or 605-688-4167, or Hilary Risner, SDSU Extension Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor at or 605-394-1722.