What is a Weber County 4-H Horse Ambassador?
This program is designed to help outstanding teen 4-H members develop leadership and public relations skills while promoting the 4-H horse program. A 4-H Horse Ambassador encourages community participation in the horse project including showing, contests, workshops, leadership and community service. If people know what the 4-H horse program is and how kids benefit from it, they are more likely to become involved as 4-Hers, volunteers and/or donors. Often youth participating in the program are much more successful in telling others about the horse program – after all, they have personally experienced it!
Qualifications for Weber County 4-H Horse Ambassadors
- At the time of application, enrolled in 8th – 12th grades
- Enrolled in 4-H for at least two years
- Active in horse project
- Have time to fulfill County 4-H Horse Ambassador role
County 4-H Horse Ambassador Roles:
Depending on his or her expertise and unique interests, each County 4-H Horse Ambassador will represent and promote the program in various ways such as:
- Represent the horse project in a public relations role
- Promote the 4-H horse project with potential members, parents and general public
- Teach workshops and clinics
- Help conduct 4-H horse events or contests
- Organize promotional activities
- Encourage financial support for the 4-H horse program
Teens will be selected each year through an application and interview process. Applications are available on the county website and are due to the County 4-H Office by August 25th. As part of the application process, youth submit a detailed description of their proposed County 4-H Horse Ambassador project. This will be a two to three month project conducted by and through the leadership of the Ambassador applicant. The selected project needs to promote, sustain, or benefit the 4-H horse program. The project could also be utilized as a State 4-H Ambassador project, if desired. The project must be completed within one year. Each application must include a project proposal for consideration.
By October 15, each Ambassador needs to submit a detailed project timeline to the 4-H office. This will help keep each Ambassador's project on track.
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 notebook, with tabbed dividers for the following sections:
- Table of Contents
- Junior Livestock Ambassador application and acceptance letter
- 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 4-H Horse Ambassador Orientation will be held in October. This is a mandatory event for all County 4-H Horse Ambassadors. Additionally, Ambassadors will meet about every other month to plan upcoming events and provide support for individual projects.
Each County 4-H Horse Ambassador will be honored at 4-H Achievement Night.
Dress for Weber County 4-H Horse Ambassadors:
- Each County 4-H Horse Ambassador will receive a shirt.
- When representing 4-H as an Ambassador, always dress appropriately wearing your Ambassador shirt and black slacks, black jeans or a black skirt, and appropriate shoes.
- In many cases, jeans and boots will be be more appropriate for the role you are performing. Make sure to wear appropriate jeans that help present a good image for the Weber County 4-H horse program (clean, no holes, not low rise or faded, etc.).
Always wear closed-toed shoes (preferably dark colored boots).
Key Dates and Roles for County 4-H Horse Ambassadors:
- August 25th: County Application Due (including proposed project description)
- Late August: County Ambassador Interviews
- Mid-September: Ambassadors announced and duties begin
- Early October: County Ambassador Orientation
- November 1: Ambassador project timeline submitted
- This fall until next September:
- Promote the 4-H horse project at Town Festivals, PTA, conferences, civic clubs, etc.
- Provide support for county 4-H horse programs (public speaking, promotion, exhibits, etc.)
- Implement your County Ambassador Project
- October 15 (next fall): County 4-H Horse Ambassador Report and Service Record Due
- November (next fall): Receive recognition at 4-H Achievement Night
If any deadlines fall on a weekend or holiday, the due date will be the next regular business day.