Osage County plants 4-H youth ambassador program to grow leaders

Osage County 4-H Ambassador Team, from left, Ethan Kneisler, Kinsley Garrison, and Josie Thompson. Courtesy photo.

Frontier Extension District created an Osage County Ambassador Team during the 2019-2020 program year. It was a decision of the 4-H Council to provide a unique leadership opportunity for Osage County youth. To become an ambassador, the youth went through an application process and interview.

This year provided its challenges to accomplish the goal of getting the team established by the summer. Using email, Zoom, and phone calls to move forward while sheltered in place, staff set up zoom interviews with all the youth.

“As 4-H staff we were amazed at the youth’s resiliency,” said Jessica Flory, Frontier Extension 4-H Program Assistant. “They never missed a beat.”

The council elected three youth to serve on the 2019-2020 Ambassador Team, Ethan Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club; Josie Thompson, Willing Workers 4-H Club; and Kinsley Garrison, North Osage 4-H Club. The team has already been busy this summer helping with activities at the fair.

The 4-H Council plans the ambassador program to to help develop youth leadership skills. Leadership is a skill that can be learned, and to become great leaders one must practice those skills. Look forward to watching this program grow in Osage County.

Information thanks to Jessica Flory, Frontier Extension 4-H Program Assistant.

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