Youth Leadership

Youth Leaders

“Every child has the potential to be a true leader. However, kids today say they are missing experiences that grow the life skills they need – like confidence, responsibility, independence and compassion. It is a serious problem now that will lead to a severe leadership void in the years to come – impacting communities across America, and nearly every industry and sector.”

Youth Leaders/Ambassador Program

Being a 4-H Ambassador is a great honor – selected youth get to represent La Crosse County 4-H at community and county events and activities. Ambassadors participate in a wide variety of duties throughout the year, such as:

  • Assisting at festivals by presenting awards, ushering, and emceeing
  • Working at the county fair
  • Talking with community groups about 4-H
  • Visiting clubs to promote upcoming events
  • Visiting schools to recruit members
  • Participating in parades
  • Completing TV and/or Radio spots

The next Ambassador term will begin in October 2018 until August of 2019. Very few formal meetings are held as time is put in on event days. If you have additional questions about being an Ambassador, please contact the UW-Extension office.

All youth in grades 7 and up are encouraged to become a part of the Youth Leader group! Not all youth leaders are Ambassadors. Join in the next meeting (below) to see what it’s all about!

Next Youth Leaders Meeting: Sunday, January 20th at 3:00 p.m. at the La Crosse Administrative Building (212 6th St. N Room 1107, La Crosse, WI 54601)


Scholarships 

WI 4-H Foundation

Due Friday, March 15th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin students pursuing higher education based on demonstrated personal growth, development, leadership, academic performance and future educational goals. For details, eligibility and application, visit the WI 4-H Foundation Scholarship web page.

State Fair Dairy Promotion Board

Due Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. The Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board is offering $1,000 scholarships to students that will be 3rd or 4th year college students during the 2019-20 academic year. Applicants must be Wisconsin residents enrolled full-time at a 4-year Wisconsin school and be pursuing a dairy-related or food science degree. For details, eligibility and application visit the State Fair Dairy Promo Board Scholarship web page.

4-H Leaders Association

Due Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. The La Crosse County 4-H Leaders Association will award up to 5 scholarships of varying amounts to current high school senior 4-H members who have been active for at least 5 years and will be pursuing a post-secondary education in fall of 2019. For details, eligibility and application, click here.

Agricultural Society

Due Monday, April 1st, 2019 via mail. The La Crosse County Agricultural Society will award 2 scholarships of varying amounts to current high school seniors who participate in the La Crosse Interstate Fair, are active 4-H/FFA members and will be enrolled in post-secondary education in fall of 2019. For details, eligibility and application, click here.

WWBP

Due Monday, April 1st, 2019 via mail. The Western Wisconsin Beef Producers will award $300 scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to end post-secondary education. Applicants must be or have an immediate family member that is in good standing of the Cooperative and be pursing education on an agricultural-related field. For details, eligibility and application, click here.

Horse Association

Due Friday, March 1st, 2019 via mail. The Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association will award up to 6 scholarships to high school seniors or 1st year post-secondary students who have participated in the 4-H Horse & Pony Project for at least 4 consecutive years. Applicants must be pursuing higher education of any major. For details, eligibility and application, click here.


Member Evaluation (ME) Forms

To qualify for certain scholarships and county approval for State 4-H programs, an ME form application may be required. Forms can be accepted via email to LaCrosseCounty4H@lacrossecounty.org or mail to:

La Crosse County UW-Extension
212 6th St N Ste 2200
La Crosse, WI 54601

Citizenship Washington Focus ME Form Application-Word (For CWF only)

Citizenship Washington Focus ME Form Application-PDF (For CWF only)

Citizenship Washington Focus ME Form Application-Fillable PDF (For CWF only)

ME Form Application 2018-2019-Word (For American Spirit, National 4-H Conference, National Congress)

ME Form Application 2018-2019-PDF (For American Spirit, National 4-H Conference, National Congress)

ME Form Application 2018-2019-Fillable PDF (For American Spirit, National 4-H Conference, National Congress)


Summer 2019 Homestay Abroad

Attention all 12-18 year olds! If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to travel across the world, now is your chance! The State 4-H Office is now accepting applications until Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 for an opportunity to live with a host family for one month next summer in one of the following countries:

  • Costa Rica
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Finland

All country programs will be chaperoned by a trained 4-H adult volunteer who remains in-country with youth for support and assistance throughout the month. For more information and a copy of the application, visit https://wi4hinternational.org/homestay/applications-forms/.