Thinking of the Future, Being a Change-Maker
New Hampshire teens are the leaders of tomorrow. 4-H teens are empowered to develop skills in the areas of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration,and communication so they can become 21st century leaders.
There are many ways to engage as a teen leader in New Hampshire 4-H. Whether you join us annually for our Teen Conference or grow at the local, regional,or national level, with the support of adult mentors, NH 4-H teens can become peer mentors and community builders.
4-H Teen Leadership Opportunities
Begin your growth as a teen leader at the local level. You will work with others towards a common goal. You will have the opportunity to learn and lead on a team with early leadership goals like collaboration, communication, and creating a plan to take action and make a difference.
All ten counties in New Hampshire have a County Youth Leadership Team (YLT). They are made up of tween and teen youth usually aged 12 and up that are ready to take action and raise their voices for the needs of their community.
Each year 4-H t(w)eens and teens will come together to tackle a statewide service-learning project. You can be involved individually or collaborate with other 4-H youth to make a difference.
Retreat is an opportunity for each county's teen leadership representatives to come together with their advisors and peers from around the state to learn, reflect, and build as a team throughout the weekend.
Middle and high school youth warm up mid-winter with activities like candle making, ice fishing, and tubing as well as participate in different workshops ranging from public speaking to writing resumes and even in introduction to grant writing.
4-H T(ween) Winter Retreat - Feb. 12, 2022
Teens will begin to branch out into increased responsibility to themselves and their community. Growing leaders are invited to advance their leadership on their teams, as well as engage in a variety of learning and recreational opportunities and events statewide.
This team of five teens have shown time and again that they have a desire to try new things, be problem solvers, and have demonstrated the core 4-H values of respect, honesty, responsibility, empathy and helping. This opportunity includes developing a personal initiative, working collaboratively, and facilitating other teen development opportunities.
Being on this Commission means that you want to give your time and energy to being part of a close team that values teen voice, goal setting, and facilitating NH Teen Conference welcoming about 200 teens from around the state. You will build lifelong friendships and strengthen your public speaking, time management, and interpersonal skills.
Held at UNH, Durham’s campus, Teen Conference is a 4-day experience that encourages making new friends, developing leadership skills that will last a lifetime, experiencing a taste of college life, and exploring a variety of workshop topics designed to help you realize your potential.
Teens will experience New Hampshire’s capitol as their classroom. Connecting young leaders from across the state to their local representatives in facilitated and open discussions about the issues of today, NH teens will gain the skills and experiences to become effective change agents.
Young people who have participated in 4-H are excellent candidates for scholarships to continue their education after high school. UNH Durham specifically awards active 4-Hers $500 per year that they were participating 4-Hers for a potential total of $20,000! Other opportunities also available through a host of youth development specific individuals and organizations.
Teens will demonstrate leadership competencies and use their skills to inspire and influence others.
4-H National Congress takes place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hyatt-Regional Hotel to expand your skills, engage with other 4-H members from across the country and be inspired to make an impact. This is a capstone experience for NH 4-Hers who apply through our Marketing YOU process.
The True Leaders in Equity Institute team will develop their skills and competencies in equity leadership to create more welcoming and inclusive environments. Each spring NH teens are invited to express their interest through an application process.
National 4 H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4 H Civic Engagement, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, nation and world. At the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in round table discussions and present to federal partner agencies along with the opportunity for delegates to engage with their U.S. Senators and Representatives.
National 4-H Conference with NH Marketing You (Applications due 1/10/22)
Volunteers play a vital role in the ongoing growth and development of youth in New Hampshire and beyond. Become a 4-H Teen Leadership Volunteer today and help create life changing experiences for the youth as they become true leaders themselves.
Teen Leadership Volunteer Opportunities
New Hampshire 4-H hosts three annual events in which we bring youth together to learn and grow—a fall trip to Eastern States Exposition, a winter tween and teen retreat, and a summer teen leadership conference. These immersive learning opportunities equip young adults with confidence while building friendships among 4-H youth and volunteers from across the state.
As a 4-H Teen Mentor, you would serve as role model that youth look up to and aspire to be. In the 4-H Teen Leadership pathway, youth are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone, find their voice, and strive to become the person they see for their future self. You would use your knowledge and experience to encourage youth to use their abilities to go out and make a difference. You would also connect youth to resources that can help them achieve their goals and strive for bigger and better things!