Second Year of Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council announced

Fourteen members of the 2016 Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council serve in important leadership role.

Colors show locations of State Youth Leadership Council members around Michigan. Green indicates 2015 members, blue indicates 2016 members and purple indicates members represented by both 2015 and 2016 cohorts.

Colors show locations of State Youth Leadership Council members around Michigan. Green indicates 2015 members, blue indicates 2016 members and purple indicates members represented by both 2015 and 2016 cohorts.

The new 2016 year marks the second year of the Michigan 4-H Youth Development State Youth Leadership Council. As you may know, 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 do just that. Through the State Youth Leadership Council, youth members provide an essential voice in the visioning and direction of Michigan’s largest youth serving organization. Michigan 4-H believes youth programs are the strongest when youth join the decision-making table as participants in program planning rather than as recipients in program offerings.

Last year marked the first year for this new youth-driven leadership opportunity for Michigan 4-H. Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council members hail from all over Michigan, range in age (15-19) and years of experience (four to 10 years) in 4-H. The 2016 group of State Youth Leadership Council members join 11 2015 State Youth Leadership Council members returning for their second term. The 2015 members helped provide structure to the group, assisted with funding proposals and served as ambassadors to promote 4-H statewide and in their local communities.

First-year members reflected on their experience stating, “Because of State Youth Leadership Council, I can now communicate with large groups [and] effectively promote 4-H,” and, “The most important thing I learned as a result of this experience would be collaboration and confidence.” State Youth Leadership Council members met monthly by conference call and participated in two face-to-face meetings where they focused on building their team. State Youth Leadership Council members completing their first year are continuing for a second year to mentor the new members and serve in leadership roles within the council.

The new 2016 State Youth Leadership Council members start the first of their two-year term in January and include:

  • Josiah Bear, Clare, Clare County
  • Samantha Beaudrie, Monroe, Monroe County
  • Chase Benham, Ottawa Lake, Lenawee County
  • Kennedy DeFrancesco, Munisng, Alger County
  • Rory Eldridge, Stanton, Montcalm County
  • Ashley Gibbs, Almont, Lapeer County
  • Rebecca Herzog, Paris, Mecosta County
  • Bryanna Hoffmann, Adrian, Lenawee County
  • Katie Kurburski, Harbor Springs, Emmet County
  • Tom Purves, Clarkston, Oakland County
  • Dane Sebesta, Corunna, Shiawassee County
  • Gerald Stepp, West Bloomfield, Oakland County
  • Anne Thompson, Stanton, Montcalm County
  • Emma Young, Dexter, Washtenaw 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 offer. To request a State Youth Leadership Council member at an upcoming event, please contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Applications for the 2017 Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council will be available this fall.

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