Youth Leadership



Youth Leadership is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Youth Leadership.

Youth Leadership 1
What you can do in this project: assess your leadership skills; practice effective communication skills; set goals and resolve conflict; and plan a group event.
Grades: 3-5
Resource: 07905, My Leadership Workbook for Grades 3-5

Youth Leadership 2
What you can do in this project: explore how leaders are different; develop a multi-media presentation; set and achieve team goals; and practice teamwork.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 07906, My Leadership Journal for Grades 6-8

Youth Leadership 3
What you can do in this project: build trust in a group; assess you own strengths and weaknesses; write vision and mission statements; and contribute to a group project.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 07907, My Leadership Portfolio for Grades 9-12

Youth Leadership Leader
Resources: 07903, Leadership Mentor Guide for Grades K-5
07904, Leadership Mentor Guide for Grades 6-12
4H71A, So You’re the Club President
4H71B, So You’re the Club Vice President
4H71C, So You’re the Club Secretary
4H71D, So You’re the Club Treasurer
4H71F, So You’re the Club Reporter
4H71G, So You’re the Club Recreation Leader
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?



Want to learn more about Leadership? Try the links below.

Citizenship Washington Focus
CWF is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 15-19, from across the country. Every summer thousands of young people stay at the National 4-H Conference Center, near Washington, D.C., to participate in this week-long program. Contact your county Extension office for more information.

National 4-H Conference
National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. each spring is a working conference in which youth and adults help develop recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. It brings together youth, volunteer leaders, state, and county Extension staff from across the U.S. and Canada. Contact your county 4-H office for more information and visit the national site.

National 4-H Congress
Delegates participate in self development seminars, tours, and a service project, while exchanging ideas with youth from across the country.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details. Guiding the conference are members of the State 4-H Leader Council.

Youth Leadership Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including youth leadership. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Leadership Projects. Just follow these links!

Building Partnerships for Youth
This site provides valuable resources to help implement leadership programs for youth ages 9-13.

4-H Afterschool Program
Learn how you can become involved in the 4-H Afterschool initiative.

4-H Youth in Governance
See examples of how youth and adults are working together to make decisions and take action to strengthen organizations, communities, and our democratic society.

National 4-H Youth Leadership Online Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Youth Leadership Project activities, information and links.

National Mentoring Partnership
Resources for adult and youth mentors.

National Youth Leadership Council
Learn how to build vital communities through youth service-learning. This site is one of the best about service-learning. It provides numerous links to other outstanding service-learning sites.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Youth Leadership
Guide to links for many youth leadership-related sites.
Site designed to give you ideas and a forum to discuss current issues related to youth leadership development.

Youth Leadership Institute
Youth Leadership Institute implements Community-Based Programs that provide youth with opportunities for developing leadership skills in the areas of prevention, youth philanthropy, policy and civic engagement.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Youth Leadership Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Sue Curtis