Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council announces 2018 members

The State Youth Leadership Council grows to 28 as 17 new members take on leadership role.

Members of the 2018 Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council pose for a photo at Kettunen Center. Photo by Jackie Martin, MSU Extension.

Members of the 2018 Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council pose for a photo at Kettunen Center. Photo by Jackie Martin, MSU Extension.

Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development emphasizes and celebrates youth leadership. The State Youth Leadership Council provides a venue for 4-H teen leaders to utilize their leadership skills while serving the Michigan 4-H program at a statewide level. Through State Youth Leadership Council, youth members provide an essential voice in program and curriculum in Michigan 4-H.

Additionally, State Youth Leadership Council members advocate for Michigan 4-H programs to stakeholders and recruit new members. Seventeen new members were selected to join State Youth Leadership Council in January 2018.

Established in 2015, State Youth Leadership Council strives to create a mechanism for youth voice in 4-H programming and in conversations with stakeholders and program donors. Growing in popularity, the applications to the State Youth Leadership Council have been increasingly competitive. Youth must complete an application, submit two references and complete an online interview with a panel of current members and advisors. Applicants that successfully complete all steps are then scored, ranked and invited to participate in the council. Seventeen out of a total of 33 applications were selected this year, the largest cohort in the council’s history.

The 2018 group of State Youth Leadership Council members join 11 2017 State Youth Leadership Council members returning for their second term. The new 2018 State Youth Leadership Council members start their two-year term in January 2018 and include:

  • Addy Battel, Cass City, Huron County
  • Miriam Cook, Pewamo, Clinton County
  • Pearl Daskam, Ubly, Huron County
  • Noah Doederlein, Carleton, Monroe County
  • Jade Ebels, Hersey, Osceola County
  • Torey Fischer, Battle Creek, Calhoun County
  • Lillian Gendron, Munising, Alger County
  • Brooke Gersewski, Lachine, Alpena County
  • Ethan Harbaugh, Monroe, Monroe County
  • Jacie King, Burr Oak, St. Joseph County
  • Nathan Laurenz, Breckenridge, Gratiot County
  • Asya Modert, Bronson, Branch County
  • Ganna Omar, Houghton, Houghton County
  • Allie Purves, Clarkston, Oakland County
  • Grace Schmidt, South Lyon, Livingston County
  • Bailey Welshans, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County
  • Carrie Willoughby, Shepherd, Isabella County

State Youth Leadership Council members plan to attend 4-H events around the state in order to broaden their understanding of breadth and variety Michigan 4-H programs happening locally. To request a State Youth Leadership Council member at an upcoming event, please contact Jackie Martin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Applications for the 2019 Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council will be available this fall on the State Youth Leadership Council website.

To learn about the positive impact of Michigan 4-H youth leadership, citizenship and service and global and cultural education programs, read our 2016 Impact Report: “Developing Civically Engaged Leaders.” Additional impact reports, highlighting even more ways Michigan State University Extension and Michigan 4-H have positively impacted individuals and communities in 2016 can be downloaded from the MSU Extension website.

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