AMES - Forty Iowa youth officially began their new terms as State 4-H Council members at the closing ceremonies of the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on June 26.
Council members from Hamilton County include Jenna Short, Cameron Mitchell and Olivia Young.
Members of State Council serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and their local counties, said Brenda Allen, 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
To be considered for a council position, each 4-H'er submitted an application and participated in interviews as a part of the state 4-H recognition day last spring. Allen explained that the youth are selected based on their leadership and communication skills, as well as their potential to contribute to the larger group.
Council members volunteer at the Iowa State Fair and other statewide 4-H events throughout the year. One of their biggest responsibilities is to organize and implement the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
Council members attend multiple retreats throughout the year that are focused on developing leadership, citizenship, communication and personal life skills while also providing opportunities to work as a team and make friends. "One of my personal goals was to expand my confidence," said Hannah Al-Mazroa, State 4-H Council member from Madison County.