4-H Teen Leadership Offers Needed Benefits for Teens

Amanda Simmons  |  10/18/2012 12:56:11 AM

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As our teens begin to face the decision of what their plans are following high school they need to be aware that whatever path they choose they will most likely be questioned about their experience in the areas of leadership and service. If they are involved in 4-H, they will have no problem answering that question when it comes. 4-H already has in place many opportunities for teens to be involved in leadership and service. By actively participating in 4-H, teens will automatically gain memorable experiences in these two areas to the point of not really having to think that hard to answer the question that is sure to come as they head out into the “real world”.

One of the programs that Lincoln Parish 4-H offers that will help teens gain these valuable leadership and service experiences is the Lincoln Parish 4-H Teen Leadership Club. 4-H Teen Leadership Club is for 4-H members who are in 7th through 12th grade and meets once a month after school in addition to many other activities they can be involved in throughout the month that will allow them to practice leadership and service skills and have fun doing it. These club members will have the chance to participate in such things as camp counseling, fun trips in state and out of state, meeting other teens from other areas, networking, scholarship contests, and many other opportunities.

4-H Teen Leaders will examine the many different definitions of leadership and learn the different leadership roles that exist. We plan to help youth identify what their strengths are as leaders and which roles they are best suited for. This information will benefit them as they take on leadership responsibilities. It will inform them on which roles to choose that will allow them to achieve success as they perform these roles. The leadership roles we will identify are as follows:

  • Managers - helps coordinate the team’s work. They should be good at public speaking, organizing and delegating tasks.
  • Problem solvers - are logical thinkers, suggest solutions and initiate actions.
  • Nurturers - are compassionate, encouraging and appreciative.
  • Dreamers - are enthusiastic, creative and can visualize possibilities.
  • Mediators - provide a calm environment, resolve differences and give everyone a chance to be heard.

On September 17, 2012, we hosted a 4-H Teen Leadership Club Parking Lot Pig Out! Any Lincoln Parish 7th through 12th grader who were interested in the 4-H Teen Leadership Club was invited to attend. This event was a fun way for them to find out more about this club and the benefits it has to offer them. The meeting was held at the Ruston Historic Firehouse at 200 East Mississippi in Ruston beginning at 6:00 p.m. We gave away some great door prizes. If you have any questions about this event, please call the 4-H Office at 318-251-5134.

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