Youth Serving Youth, A Show of Astounding Leadership

Black Hawk County 4-H’s County Council Program

When reflecting on my youth and experience with 4-H, I can’t truly remember a time that my experience wasn’t connected or dependent on the quality of the experience of my fellow 4-H members.

Like many Black Hawk County 4-H’ers, my experience was so much more than MY time showing livestock or the awards I won because of MY work- the 4-H experience is about building a community from strangers, success from learning, and friendships from true connections.

In addition to the Staff, Volunteers, Friends, and Family of 4-H’ers that create a successful program- the youth the program is intended for play a massive role in the success of the year.

From volunteer to recruiting and planning to experiencing, the 4-H experience is a show of leadership, dedication, selflessness and joy.

The 2016-17 Black Hawk County Council is no less than a perfect example of youth not only participating in the program, but building a stronger program to leave behind as they graduate. With nearly 20 members grades 9-12, the council meets throughout the year to fund-raise for fair premiums, build goodwill, and serve as role-models for members.

This year’s Council Goals include building networks, meeting the fundraising goal, and increasing the amount of leadership opportunities to members. Experience being planned  include helping with the Awards Banquet in November and creating a Service Learning Project.

Council Member’s generous donation of time and effort completely changes the 4-H experience for themselves as well as the rest of Black Hawk County’s growing 4-H Program.

With encouragement and strong youth leader’s the 4-H experience transitions from

My year, My projects, and My efforts

to Our memories, Our lessons, and Our experiences. 


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