Junior Livestock Ambassador Program

Cache County Junior Livestock Ambassadors
 
This program is designed to help outstanding teen 4-H’ers develop leadership and public relations skills while promoting the Junior Livestock program. A County Junior Livestock Ambassador encourages community participation in raising and showing livestock. If people know what the Junior Livestock program is and how kids benefit from it, they are more likely to become involved as 4-Hers, FFA members, volunteers, and/or donors. Often youth participating in the program are much more successful in telling others about the Junior Livestock program – after all, they have personally experienced it!
 Qualifications for Cache County Junior Livestock Ambassadors
 
·         At the time of application, enrolled in 8th – 12th grades
·         Enrolled in 4-H or FFA for at least two years
·         Active in Junior Livestock Program
·         Have time to fulfill County Junior Livestock Ambassador role
·         Responsible
 
 
County Junior Livestock Ambassador Roles: Depending on his or her expertise and unique interests, each County Junior Livestock Ambassador will represent and promote the program in various ways such as:
·         Represent Junior Livestock in a public relations role
·         Promote Junior Livestock with potential members, parents and general public
·         Help conduct Junior Livestock events
·         Organize Junior Livestock promotional activities
·         Encourage financial support for Junior Livestock Program
 
Application Process: Teens will be selected each year through an application and screening process. Applications are available on the county website and are due to the County 4-H Office by January 31, 2010. 
 
As part of the application process, youth submit a detailed description of their proposed County Junior Livestock Ambassador project. This will be a detailed project conducted by and through the leadership of the Ambassadors. The selected project needs to promote, sustain, or benefit the Junior Livestock program. The project could also be utilized as a State 4-H Ambassador project, if desired. The project must be completed by the end of the 4-H year (September 30th).  Each application must include a project proposal for consideration. 
 
Project Timeline:  By March 31st, each Ambassador needs to submit a detailed project timeline to the 4-H office.  This will help keep each Ambassador's project on track. Sample Project Timeline.
 
Project Summary:  At the conclusion of their project, each Jr Livestock Ambassador will prepare a written summary of his or her project. It is typically submitted in a presentation folder, with tabbed dividers for the following sections:
 
·               Table of Contents
·              Junior Livestock Ambassador application and acceptance letter
·               Resume
·               Project proposal and timeline
·               Project report (the who, what, when, where, and why of your project)
·               Supporting documentation: thank you letters you wrote to people who assisted you with your project, photographs, newspaper and/or newsletter articles, congratulation letters you received, etc.
 
If you finish your report early enough, it can be entered as a County Fair 4-H entry (SEE Class FF, Lot 1: Ambassador project notebooks).
 
Orientation and Planning:  The County Junior Livestock Ambassador Orientation will be held in February. This is a mandatory event for all County Junior Livestock Ambassadors. Additionally, Ambassadors will meet about every other month to plan upcoming events and provide support for individual projects.
 
Recognition:  Each County Junior Livestock Ambassador will be honored at 4-H Achievement Night based upon the completion of their County Junior Livestock Ambassador project

Dress for Cache County Junior Livestock Ambassadors:
 
·         Each County Junior Livestock Ambassador will receive a polo shirt. 
·         When representing Junior Livestock as an Ambassador, always dress appropriately wearing your Ambassador shirt and slacks (or a skirt of a modest length), preferable black or khaki, and dress shoes. 
·         In some cases, jeans and sneakers/boots may be more appropriate for the role you are performing; however, make sure to wear appropriate jeans that help present a good image for Junior Livestock (clean, no holes, not low rise or faded, etc.).
Key Dates and Roles for County Junior Livestock Ambassadors:
 
  • January 31st: County Junior Livestock Ambassador Application Due (including proposed project description)
  • February 15th: Ambassadors announced and duties begin
  • Early March: County Junior Livestock Orientation
    • February 1 – September 30: Promote Junior Livestock at Town Festivals, PTA, conferences, civic clubs, etc.
    • February 1 – September 30: Provide support for county Junior Livestock programs (public speaking, promotion, exhibits, etc.)
    • February 1 – September 30: Implement Your County Ambassador Project
      • March 31st: Ambassador project timeline submitted
      • August: Cache County Fair
      • October 15 – County Junior Livestock Project Report and Service Record Due